There are a lot of benefits to homeschooling that I expected going in – one-on-one teaching, lots of hands-on learning, and a customized education, just to name a few. However, I was surprised to discover a lot of unexpected perks. Some of these apply to the kids or our family, but there are also some unexpected personal benefits that came my way as a result of homeschooling.

1. Learning with my kids. I expected to teach my kids. I never thought I’d be learning alongside them.If I had to choose just one area in which I’ve learned the most, it would be history. I thought history was boring when I was in school, but as I study it with my kids through biographies and great literature, it fascinates me.

2. Learning from my kids. I’ve discovered that my kids are rather insightful little beings. There is much I can learn from their unique perspectives on the world.

There have been a couple of particularly memorable times when Brianna has made very insightful observations about a Bible passage or a parallel between current events and history. I love those moments when I am reminded that there is much more than Dr. Who and Facebook status updates floating around in that girl’s mind. {grin}

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