Reasons Why I Homeschool: Our Founding Fathers

I can’t think of anything I would rather do than spend my days with my children. And the fact that I get to teach them is awesome! Every day I learn something new. I learn things that I forgot and I get to teach things to my kids that I loved learning about when I was a kid.

We have the best time with history. At my kids young age, most of the history that we learn is US history. There is some world history that we learn about, most how it pertains to the founding of our country. Since we live in Virginia, many of the things that are local to us have to do with our founding fathers, the American Revolution and the first steps of our Country. Virginia has been the birthplace to 8 presidents, and we are close to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace. All of which are very cool! We haven’t been to all of them…yet, but we plan on it!

My kids are always amazed when we are doing our lessons and something or someone of historic significance is part of our lessons. It is so much fun that we can learn about Thomas Jefferson and go visit Monticello. One of Thomas Jefferson’s visions became the University of Virgina. When I think of Thomas Jefferson and everything he did as a president, I am amazed. But when I think of what Thomas Jefferson did as the founder of the University of Virginia and the reason for the UVa Medical Center and Children’s hospital, I think of him as playing a roll in saving my Owain’s life.

I love teaching my children about how if we look back in history, we can see how it directly relates to our every day life. They get so excited to learn about our founding fathers and how they made our country what it is today. They still don’t quite get the idea of time and the difference between 10 year, 100 years or 200 years, but they are having a great time learning about how our country was formed and what our founding fathers did to give us the life we have today.

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6 Responses to Reasons Why I Homeschool: Our Founding Fathers

  1. Hazel Nut on February 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks Bailey! History is one of our favorite subjects & we never have enough time to finish the big projects in the one day. I love that we get to choose our own pace.

  2. Bailey on February 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    History is so much fun and homeschooling gives you the opportunity of TIME to enjoy learning and teaching it. There are so many fun and exciting ways to explore history that go beyond dull textbooks and homeschoolers have the MOST time to explore them. It is one of the reasons I love helping family and friends who homeschool find the resources that make it fun.

    When I taught there was such limited time to make model Niles, but I still have pictures of the ones my students made using clay, Lego characters, and creating 3-D maps of Egypt. Those are the lessons they will long remember after the books have been forgotten.

    Best wishes on your journey.

  3. Hazel Nut on February 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks Kelli, welcome to The Nut House! I love your Egypt/Lego lesson! I have been trying to figure out how to use Legos in our homeschool projects, my son is going to love it!

  4. Hazel Nut on February 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I think we are about 2 hours apart. I am sure if you want to homeschool that you will love and and be an awesome mom & teacher 🙂

  5. kelli on February 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    love your blog- i’m a new follower and a homeschool mom of 3 boys – i just won the Stylish Blogger award and am passing it on to you if you are interested. check out what I wrote about you on my blog!

  6. Whitney on February 20, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I am not sure I realized just how close you probably were to me before! I look forward to having my own children, and hopefully I can homeschool them as well. I love your passion and joy for it!

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