There are many reasons why some parents choose homeschooling instead of enrolling their children in public or private school. I’m not professing homeschool as the only right choice for all children’s education. And, my reasons for homeschooling, although they are many, are probably not the same reasons as the next homeschooling family’s. I recognize that for most families, traditional schooling works best for them, for many different reasons as well.
The majority of my friends and family do not homeschool, and I do not judge them negatively for that choice in any way. In fact, I hope my daughter can always play alongside their children, and that I can continue to enjoy the good relationships that I have with my friends. I’d also like to add that my husband and I both attended public school from Kindergarten through high school, and we both were very successful academically, and really have just a few reasonable complaints about our experiences there.
Since we made the decision to homeschool one year ago, many people have asked me, “Why do you homeschool?” Well, honestly, my reasons vary from day to day, but my husband and I know without a doubt that it’s the right choice for our family. When I first began this blog, I wrote these reasons down as I tried to define my homeschooling philosophy. So, here they are, just some of the reasons why we’ve come to believe that homeschooling is for us (in no particular order):
Here’s a great way to use those old crayons – don’t just throw them away! You can melt them and create mixed colors that look really pretty on paper. These chunky rainbow-colored crayons are so much fun for little hands. I just did this today, and Laynie loves them! Here’s how to make them:
- First, take out the blacks, browns, grays, and dull colors from the rest of the brighter colored crayons. These darker colors don’t really turn out so well in the “rainbow” mix. Be sure to have a good balance of lighter and darker colors – I like to put about 2/3 lighter colors like yellow, orange, pink, lavender, etc. with about 1/3 darker colors like green, blue, and purple.
- Peel the wrappers off of the old crayons. I took a paring knife and cut a slit lengthwise down the wrapper and they came off very easy. Laynie helped me peel them, and this chore was done in 5 minutes.
- Put them in a large bag, and break them into small pieces. I used our meat mallet!
- Using a muffin pan, fill each cup about ½ full with the broken crayons.
- Put them in a 300 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Most of the wax will be melted, but a few chunks may still remain. They’ll finish melting even after you take them out. If the crayons are too runny, they’ll mix together a little too much. Be sure not to mix them!
- Allow them to cool until room temperature.
- Pop them out of the muffin pan and rinse with a little bit of soap and cool water to remove the oily cooking spray. Pat dry.
- They’re ready to use!