These pictures show the rare (at our house anyway), idyllic type of home school moment, the children cuddled up with me listening intently as we read a book about George Washington, and sitting peacefully reading on the couch together of their own accord. The reason we have pictures of these moments is because they are so surprising when they happen!
Some people do experience that kind of idyllic situation, and it was my dream until discovering that our families personality mix (my laid back, inconsistent, low-energy, etc., teaching/parenting style, each child's unique abilities and "gifts" and learning styles, etc.) has not, to date, led to that picture perfect scenario on a very frequent basis.
There are lots of reasons why we have chosen to homeschool but the two big, main reasons are spiritual and academic. (Last we read, our state was ranked 49th in the nation academically.)
Unfortunately, I fall into sinful patterns and habits, and am easily distracted from keeping their spiritual growth and discipleship as the focus and priority. It is much easier to check off academic accomplishments and lists for the day than to hone in on their hearts and souls and what is really most important. God uses this avenue of teaching my children to remind me again and again that I am a prideful sinner, incapable of doing this and getting the results I want in my own power, and yet I continue with that struggle. Hopefully one day before my children are too much older, I will get it - figure out how to follow and look to Him completely in parenting and educating them, and for their futures.This turned out much more random that I had hoped it would. Definitely a subject to revisit again soon.