I am considering home schooling my 8 year old and 10 year old. The reason is not necessarily because of the school or their teachers. They are both good enough. What's making me consider home schooling is that not only do I think I can do a really good job, I also find it exhausting getting up early (after waking up all night with a 5 month old), making breakfast, packing lunches, loading a 2 year old and a 4 month old (in the cold), making sure that they have their back-packs, lunches, and signed papers, etc. Then I get home, unload, take care of the two little ones (baths, breakfast, etc.,) try to clean as much as possible, and then I have to leave to go pick them up again. It feels as if I don't have time to breathe. And they are really getting tired too. The problem is that I don't have any real experience with home schooling. Am I being foolish to think that it would be easier than all that?
Answer by TanyaR1024 at 5:56 PM on Dec. 31, 2008
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Answer by Laura1229 at 1:27 PM on Dec. 31, 2008
I have a 5yo and i took him out of school for 4mo and he hated it, he screamed that he wanted his friends and no child could do without friends and socialising so i think that is what you take away from children by home-schooling them so i decided not to.
Answer by Mummytomore at 3:31 PM on Dec. 31, 2008
Answer by AmaliaD at 4:09 PM on Dec. 31, 2008
It just blows me away when someone mentions":undivided" attention--like a child gets that in a classroom? And socialization--go walk the mall and see what kind they get in school. No thanks. I home educated my three through 12th grade--actually the younger one started going to the community college at 15. And he is the one that had the least amount but learned a lot just by being around with the older two. All three are VERY outgoing and most people can't believe they were home educated.
Given all of that--there are some pretty odd home educated kids---the opposite extreme of what you find in schools. There is a "stereo-type" on home schoolers that is hard to convince people otherwise. I have been told by others that my kids are truly an exception to what they have seen in other home educated kids. I believe it was because of all they were involved in. They hunted, worked cattle, raised cattle, showed animals, ski & snow board, played football, 4-H, horses, shooting sports and other sports and activities. They also listened to Rush Limbaugh at lunch:-) I encourage any parent wanting to home educate to involve them in life--not for the socialization with age mates, but to get out and interact with all ages. My kids were always comfortable around adults. And they were always "popular" among the kids they were around. So good luck--it is well worth the effort--BUT it is a lifestyle!!!!
Answer by Ronnie80 at 5:50 PM on Dec. 31, 2008