We currently have 2 school-age children...2nd and 1st graders. Having two educators as parents and having gone through public school with fond memories and sound learning, makes bringing homeschooling to the table a little against the grain...
But we've always had it on the table in terms of our children's education...it's always been part of our conversations with them. We've reevaluated several times whether public school is still the option for both or either of our school-age girls. I feel there are many benefits for both sides, but it comes down to what's best for your individual child.
I don't know if I have any homeschooling parents as readers out there (if I do, hey there...you're my hero!), but I wanted to just give out a little helpful tool for those of you who might be looking in that direction or might not even be ready to wrap your brain around it. There are so many curriculum products out there...how in the world are we as parents to know what instructional materials are right for our children?
My mom works for a company called Learning List, which is an instructional materials review service for districts, schools, and homeschoolers...which basically means they take all the curriculum programs and assess how well they align with the state standards...and this is done per grade level per subject. It's kind of like doing all the leg work for districts (or homeschoolers) so that it's clear which are the best materials. Pretty cool, huh?
Having the potentially daunting task of finding the right curriculum for homeschooling my children would be greatly eased through utilizing LearningList.com, when searching for the best instructional materials, as well as which specific lessons are aligned to our Texas standards. If we choose to go in the homeschooling direction, I'm glad I'll be able to have that resource at my fingertips!
If you have young children, what are your thoughts on homeschooling?