Reason #5: Natural Learning OpportunitiesThere are so many more things Laynie can learn through homeschooling than she can in the typical classroom.We won’t be so worried about squeezing stuff in just to be prepared for the yearly “standardized tests.” You know you’ll get it all in, because you don’t have 20-30 other children to worry about “getting it.” Once you’ve got it, you move on, and often you’ll probably be ahead of the game anyway. So, the stress of “teaching to the test” just won’t exist.Of course we’ll make sure Laynie knows “What Your Child Needs to Know in Grade [X]…” But we won’t cover just the main subject areas. We can also explore numerous other topics that she shows a particular interest in. As one homeschooling friend said, “We once spent an entire week studying birds of prey when we found a wounded hawk in our yard after a severe wind storm.” If Laynie has a love for animals, we may make some extra trips to the zoo, to learn specifically about the animals she’s interested in. We’ll take pictures of them together (and learn a little bit about photography as well as the science of animal study) and then we may use them to make a graph about what we’ve learned about them (in Math). We’ll report our findings to Dad or Grandparents, or friends (learning public speaking and confidence). And we may find out ways we can personally be involved in protecting endangered animals. Who knows what adventures we’ll have simply from following one interest? We can also decide to focus on extra-curricular activities she may take an interest in: for example, art, music, dance, or golf (my hubby’s hope– he’s a golf pro, LOL). The ideas for integrating Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies in just about anything are just flowing through my head. She’ll be having so much fun she won’t even realize she’s learning! The possibilities are endless!