1. Reading. Teaching your own child to read is the first step on the road to lifelong learning. I call it the Golden Ticket. In my opinions it is the greatest gift you can give your children outside of salvation. And you can do it all by yourself (with some good phonics books).
2. Graduation. You homeschooled your own child. They made it. You made it. And you didn’t need a school system to pull it off. That’s pretty wonderful.
4. Individuality. There’s seemingly no end to this one. Individuality of lessons, religion, methods, children, diets, schedule etc. are but a few ways that you can customize each child’s learning experience. This is wonderful, not spoiling. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn in such an environment.
5. Rabbit trails. When something interests your family you can swerve your lessons right into it. You can’t do that in a classroom setting
6. Camaraderie. You are able to form close relationships with own family, a “values in action” exercise because your children see how you live day-to-day. And home educators are a tight knit and friendly community. No one is more willing to share wisdom, information and materials than homeschoolers are.
7. Seamlessness. School and life are not separated, they are celebrated. All of life becomes learning and all the world becomes a classroom.
What’s on your “seven wonders” list?