We have homeschooled from the beginning of our first daughter's schooling years. She is now in 5th grade. Teaching our children at home has been wonderful, although not without its struggles. One of the biggest benefits is that we can take opportunities to serve others. Service to others may be in the form of watching a friend's children so she can go to an appointment, visiting an elderly friend in the nursing home, baking for a new mom or ill friend, etc. We thoroughly enjoy these times and find them equally important as the academics of school.
This week our 5th grader has been helping out a friend of ours. This friend has just had her 4th baby two weeks ago. Her nest of boys range in age from 5 years old down to the newborn. Our oldest has had a great time with this family, and from the reports from our friend, she is truly being a help. And on the schooling end, she is working on her school work during nap times or in the evenings and I've lightened her load for the week.
I'm thankful for the flexibility of homeschooling that allows us to help others.