1. It's a lot easier than teaching a classroom. Really, this shouldn't have been a surprise, and I knew it would be somewhat easier, but people, let me tell you, it is a LOT easier.
2. I don't need to take relaxing herbs anymore. I am already relaxed, most of the time.
3. Most of what Big One does for fun can be seen as some kind of academic subject. Paper airplanes? Physics and geometry. Dungeons and Dragons? He's learning to use an index, read for information, and he has to do long division when we divide up our treasure. Origami? He's learning to read complex diagrams and developing small motor skills.
4. The public library is my best friend. No longer just a fun thing to do with the kids on the weekend, going to the library is a vital part of what we do. Since we no longer have access to a school library, we need books about all kinds of things. Last week, Little wanted to know more about bats. This week, it's horses. No problem, the library has it all.
5. I don't need to spend money to do this well. I already have most of what I need in terms of materials, and what I don't have, I can make, find online, or find at the library.
6. Big One is dying to learn cursive. Can you imagine? Since this is as boring as dust to me, I may have to break down and buy a workbook for this one. But I'll investigate online first.
7. Little is risk-averse. He's afraid to make a mistake, so he's not willing to try new things. I think it's because he's surrounded by older people who can do more things than he can. I don't think I'd have known this if we weren't all home together. In fact, it might not have happened if he were in school with others his age.
8. Big's math skills go away when he doesn't use them. Bummer, huh?
9. Socializing with adults counts. So does socializing with one's mother and brother. So does socializing with cats and horses. This makes getting to weekly playgroup less essential, a bonus.
10. The less we run around to various homeschool classes and groups, the more we get done.