Ah, homeschooling an only child! It is so much fun! But are there really benefits of homeschooling an only child?
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When people find out that I am a homeschooling mom, I am welcomed with a variety of reactions.
“How do you do it? I would never have the patience.”
“Wow!! I admire you! I could never be a homeschooling mom.”
“Don’t you ever worry about socialization?” **Yep, that’s one of my favorites!**
But inevitably I get this question–and not just from non-homeschoolers.
“Is she your only one? Are you planning on having more?”
Yep. People go there. All. the. time.
And my answer is always the same. Yes, she is our only one. No, we are not planning on having more. And yes to the unspoken question I see on their faces….homeschooling still rocks with only one!!
In fact, I can even say there are some benefits to homeschooling an only child…both for the parent and the student. Please understand this is not to say that I don’t see the blessings of many children as well…or the benefits that situation offers. Because I do. I just happen to see all of the good things about the focused time that being the homeschooling mom of just one gives me! Those are our blessings.
The Benefits of Homeschooling an Only Child
1. Lesson planning for one? Yes, please!
I spend much less time lesson planning for one. It is fairly easy to plan out our days, weeks, and months when I only have one student to consider. If I make a change to the schedule here and there, I can keep track of it fairly easily. Just one little change on my spreadsheets, and I’m done!
2. Curriculum costs do not match the spending of a small country.
Let’s face it. I love curriculum. That’s one of the reasons that I began blogging…to share my thoughts on all of the crazy awesome stuff out there for homeschooling moms. With just one to buy for, my curriculum budget is not as high as it would be if I had several students. So I either save money on curriculum costs OR I do not have to think as hard if I need to make some changes during the year. And in choosing curriculum, I only have her learning style to consider. It makes it fairly easy to select the right products for us.
3. My taxi service only has one passenger.
When considering outside classes, I do not have as many children to purchase classes for, AND I only need to schedule in time to shuttle one back and forth. If there is a class she wants to take on Wednesdays, I don’t have to find another class at the same time for a sibling to make it work.
4. “How can I help you with that?”
Having only one child gives us much more time to get school done in a day. I am 100% focused on her. She does not have to wait for me to finish with a brother or sister to get help on something she is having difficulty with. With just one, most days are really, really great school days. But what about the others? When they occur, we can simply focus on the problem at hand and forget about the rest. No worries at all.
5. “Tickets for two, please.”
Zoo and museum memberships, tickets to plays, admission to water parks…all cost less. And very rarely do we do these things by ourselves, so it isn’t as though she is alone all the time. Yes, she is alone more than other children with siblings, but we have an amazing group of friends and a willing Grandma who often join us for these activities.
And my favorite one of all….
6. She’s my best girl.
If I want to call off school for a day, or a morning…or really any chance I feel the desire to…to go do something fun with just the two of us….I can. Every single day is a mommy/daughter day. And if her daddy’s schedule allows, he can join us too. We are an extremely close-knit family of three. Even before we began our homeschooling journey, we were tight. I believe that our self-reliance (we are also a self-employed family) has brought us all even closer.
And that, my sweet friends, is the best part of it all.
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