Making the Decision to Homeschool
As I've eluded to a few times here on the blog, homeschooling has always been in the back of my mind. For various reasons, it has always appealed to me. I don't consider myself a teacher by any means, but I know my children best and feel capable to teach to their learning style and needs.
A few months ago, homeschooling was on the table again. And this time, it was there for good. Yesterday, I began homeschooling one of my children, which meant withdrawing her mid-year from public school. I won't get in to specifics on reasons, but sufficeth to say, I am fully confident about our decision. Even my lifetime educator of a mom has my back. It was just critical to pull her out...at least for this semester.
So what does that mean for our lives?
Well, I'm not sure yet. I've still got two little ones at home who need my attention, so balancing that new normal will certainly be an adjustment....but I'm up to the task. Plenty of mommas manage it...I know I can, as well.
My daughter is willing and compliant...even excited about some of the things we'll get to do. I have admit, I am too. Imagine the possibilities!
Now, I know homeschooling blogs are their own niche, which don't worry, this blog of mine won't fall into. But, I do plan to share some lessons learned, struggles, triumphs, what homeschooling looks like in our home, etc. that may be helpful to another momma who has homeschooling in the back of her mind.
For you mommas...have you ever contemplated homeschooling?
And if so, do you have a strong reason for doing so, or is the idea simply appealing to you?
I work in a middle school & while most people think that'd make me more likely to send my daughter to public school, the opposite is true. I know what really goes on in hallways. I've seen kids be mean for no reason. I know that administrators turn their heads because they're just "too busy" to deal with that kid again. It'll definitely be a consideration as she gets older...ReplyDelete
Yeah, middle school terrifies me for my children. It's so not the place it was when I was young! Thanks for your input!Delete
I think that some kids are definitely under-served in public school, and an alternate solution is best in a lot of cases since it is not possible to give every child tons of individual attention in a classroom setting. You've obviously given it serious thought and have your mom for support, so your kid won't be the one struggling to teach herself math from a workbook while mom deals with the siblings or doesn't know the material herself. Those are the homeschool kids who end up falling behind their peers. However, with all the e-courses and free online school in TX, there are so many more options than there were even 5 years ago.ReplyDelete
One of the smartest, most successful, guys I know was homeschooled, but his parents sought out community college professors to tutor him in geometry/calculus and his parents would read the classic novels with him and they'd all discuss his paper over dinner. They never left him to muddle through on his own if they didn't know the subject matter well enough to teach it. He says his experience wasn't the norm, but he was able to finish high school early and rack up college credit before enrolling at A&M, and feels like he was better off than others who had the traditional school experience.
Very true...thanks for your thoughts. Our situation is kind of unique in that I have no qualms with the school or teachers or anything related to her education there. In fact, I have another daughter still there. Like you said, I do believe homeschooling can be wonderful if the parents are there to make it so. :)Delete
i'm in the process of trying to decide this as well. at least i still have a couple of years to pray/work through it!ReplyDelete
Good for you! It's always helpful to research the schools in your area, as well. Sometimes that helps make the decision easier! :)Delete
I am so proud of you for having the courage and confidence to do what's right for your child and family. I personally don't think I would do my children justice by homeschooling them, but I have definitely thought about private schools. I look forward to reading your future posts and staying up to date on how it's going.ReplyDelete
Thanks friend. It's been a struggle making the decision, but I know my options are open, which makes it all the better. Private schools are an intersting prospect, too....who knows what the future holds. :)Delete
I was homeschooled right up until college--and honestly, I plan on doing the same with my future children, largely because I think I was able to get the most thorough education (As my little brother, a 2nd year engineering student in college, said, "Was homeschool just really hard academically?? Because college is really easy.")ReplyDelete
The flexibility is a huge bonus, too!
Hm, that's really interesting to know. I think just now, a lot of "life" homeschoolers are coming into the workplace and that facinates me. I'm curious to know how college is for these kids...great to hear it's "easy" for your brother! :)Delete
Oh the homeschooling decision. My girls turn 5 in April and we have tossed around the homeschooling idea and prayed, and prayed and prayed about it. We finally made a decision late last year that we would definitely homeschool. A lost job and a kick in the pants later, we have to restructure our plans as it looks like momma will have to go back to work full time at some point this year. So for now, the homeschooling option has been removed from our table. We continue to pray about it though and are certain God will lead our family exactly where HE wants us! I am however a little envious that you are actually doing it. I cannot wait to hear your updates and hear about your thoughts (pros and cons) as you dive into it further!ReplyDelete
Thanks Amy...I'll be sure to keep some updates here. I know HE will provide for y'all whatever situation is best. You know...in those first years...I think it's okay in public school. At least you won't have to teach them to read. :)Delete
This is something we have lightly tossed around as the first or our three daughters will start kindergarten next year. Neither my husband nor I were homeschooled and 3 of the 4 grandparents are educators yet somehow God has put this decision on our hearts. I am anxious to hear about it from your experience as we continue to pray for guidance for our family. Thanks for sharing and props to you for doing what is best for your child!ReplyDelete
Good luck, Janae. I know that pressure from "educator grandparents" can be suffocating, so stick to your guns and your instincts on what is best for your family! :)Delete
It seems this topic is endlessly on my mind these days! My little guy is only 4, but I feel like I have to make the decision someday because the years go by so fast anyways! I love that you are confident about your decision. The mark of a good choice. Looking forward to reading about your journey as a homeschooling mother!ReplyDelete
What a huge decision you are making! None of us fall into the perfect "student" category, so I don't know why people think that one school system is right for everyone.ReplyDelete
I have learned more from my mother than I have ever learned at school, and I have two university degrees. She taught me how to cook, how to sew, how to budget, how to run a business, how to run a household, how to be compassionate and care, how to negotiate, how to get what I want, how to laugh and have a good time, how to use my creativity to solve any problem and how to do everything to the maximum of my ability. .... and so much more.
I wasn't home schooled, because at the time it didn't really exist, but I bet if I had been it would have only done me well.
A good mother is the only teacher we ever need to bring out the best in us. Believe in yourself to give her what she needs at this time, life lessons are more important than curriculum and experiences are better teachers than any quiz.
I really enjoy reading your blog and would love to read about your homeschool adventures, feel free to share, this is YOUR space.
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I love this...your mother sounds like an amazing person! I wish I could do half of all that for my kids!!!! Wow! Thanks so for the support!!! xo!Delete