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Why We Homeschool Part 3- Flexibility

Yesterday morning was rough. No one could focus on anything. I fought and yelled and fought and sent kids to bed and fought some more. Eventually, once my clothes were dried (it was laundry day), I decided to take the kids for some lunch and to just get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Yesterday was probably the last nice day of the year. Buddy and Little Man did get through all their school work but Monkey didn’t. Luckily right before we left to go out, Buddy took the baby outside and I was able to get 30 minutes of work in with Monkey so she was almost done with school before we left. She just needed that one on one time apparently.

I took the kids over to Graue Mill because I wanted to let them see the museum and I wanted to get some ground corn meal so we could do a special recipe another day. I wish I would have checked ahead of time because the museum was closed on Mondays. The kids had a blast anyway and we hung out for about 1.5 hours looking for shells, skipping rocks, and feeding the ducks. Here are some pics from the day:Baby Selfie Balancing Feed the ducks Graue Mill Monkey Shells Tree Waterfall

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I left with my heart full on what was a sad day for me. (It was the anniversary of my mom’s death.) The only thing missing that day was my husband being there with us. It was so nice to watch the kids just enjoy nature and each other.

About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun – and it was just what everyone needed!

  2. It’s nice that you guys have that flexibility in the day. It sounds like you all needed a break.

  3. Catherine S says:

    Even though it wasn’t the best of days it looks like you had fun. I loved skipping rocks when I was a kid.

  4. That flexibility is what I would enjoy most. There are days we just want to get started a bit later, have appointments, or need some time away. With school, the older kids can’t do any of that with me and the baby.

  5. That’s a wonderful benefit of homeschooling. Flexibility – sometimes you don’t have to have a linear day.

  6. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    It’s great that you can homeschool. My kids go to public school and we so outings on the weekends.

  7. I like the flexibility of homeschooling too. When the kids were younger we traveled with them a lot.

  8. So great you can run your schedule. Looks like fun.

  9. We just started homeschooling one of our kids. So far it’s going OK but I need to find a good schedule and balance! I look forward go reading more!

  10. Susanna @Zealous Mom says:

    These are beautiful pictures! It looks like the kids had a blast. They always get over things a lot quicker than we do.

  11. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I have friends that home school and they love it. They have the freedom to work around there schedules. These pictures turned out great.

  12. I definitely love that homeschooled children get more flexibility in their learning day. Especially great for vacations!

  13. I’ve considered it! It would be nice to have a flexible schedule.

  14. Sorry about your mom. I am sure it was a bummer the mill was closed but it looks like you guys still had a great time despite that.

  15. This was so interesting to read. Homeschool seems like it offers a lot of flexibility!

  16. It is nice to get out when the weather is good. It can be so therapeutic just to get that nice change of scenery. I’m glad you had a nice day out, and sorry to hear it was the anniversary of such a big loss. 🙁 Those days are never easy, but spending time w/family surely does help.

  17. I’m sorry about your mom. It looks like you had some needed outside time with your kids and everyone was able to recharge their batteries.

  18. Glad you were all able to take some time to recharge your batteries during the day. I’m sorry about your mom.

  19. Although we didn’t homeschool our daughter, I have many friends who homeschooled their children. I have heard flexibility is a huge advantage to doing so!

  20. chrissy va says:

    I didn’t know too much about homeschooling 16 years ago when my son was born. Now I know a little bit more and I wish I knew back then. I would have loved to homeschool him.

  21. How neat. Loved all of your photos. So sorry to hear about your sadness. So great though that you could do something so fun and productive with the kids.

  22. Kids learn so much from nature. That was a great way to spend some time. I’m sorry about your mom though. It’s so hard!

  23. My friend homes chools and flexibility is a huge part of it for her too.

    Kids and nature just work. My kids have the best time finding random trails while we’re out.

  24. Real education doesn’t cost a dime. All you need is to be together; seeing each other doing hard things for one another – that is love and real education. So proud of you guys — and so glad to be doing this together.