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Why homeschool?

Anonymous
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I am honestly just curious as to why parents choose to homeschool rather then send their children to public school?
I have older step children that go to our public schools, and I will definitely be sending my younger children when they reach the age for kindergarten.
I have no judgement against homeschooling, I am just genuinely curious as to the reason why you choose to?
Posted by Anonymous on Apr. 1, 2014 at 8:09 AM
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by Anonymous on Apr. 1, 2014 at 8:12 AM
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Our dd has been in public school and is currently in private school - she has thrived at both.  I have homeschooled our son for the past 3 years and that has worked well for him.  We move every 2 - 3 years for my DH's work and while the change works well for our DD, it doesn't for our DS.  He is SN and requires more stability.

bmw29
by spitfire_bobbie on Apr. 1, 2014 at 8:13 AM
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Everyone has different reasons. We originally pulled ds out because he had several surgeries scheduled and he would have missed too much school but we quickly realized that homeschooling is just the best option for him. The surgeries were only one reason though. It was a complicated decision for us and we've made a lot of sacrifices but it's been worth it.
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by Anonymous on Apr. 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM
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My DH and I both work together to homeschool our children. We also utilize Coops and other programs to help. We can provide them a far better education than in a public school 

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by Anonymous on Apr. 1, 2014 at 8:18 AM
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The public schools here are not great, either educationally or in terms of safety, and I can't afford private school.

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by Anonymous on Apr. 1, 2014 at 8:21 AM
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Because the public school system has become an epic failure.
AutymsMommy
by Platinum Member on Apr. 1, 2014 at 8:22 AM
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Well, when comparing it to public school, largely the same reasons as one might choose private school over public, I imagine.

I homeschooled our eldest for a few years; she now attends a private school for dyslexic children. In our state, dyslexia isn't recognized in the public schools as a special need, and they haven't the specific services a dyslexic child needs (reading specialist, Orton-Gillingham tutors, etc), so I brought her home. We then, a few years later, decided she would fare best with other children going through similar struggles. She ages out of the school after another year (it only goes through grade 8), at which point she'll come home again, unless we feel she is able to succeed in the neurotypical private Catholic high school in the area.

For our other two children, homeschooling is just the choice we prefer. Our middle son is a kindergartner next year, and thrives at home (we did pre-k at home last year), so we'll register him as a homeschooler this year for kindergarten, and when our youngest reaches school age, we will do the same for/with him.

Just a preference, I suppose, not unlike the decision to choose private over public. We do prefer a faith integrated education (Catholic), but that isn't the only reason - if it were, we would send them to the local Catholic schools.

I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















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by Ruby Member on Apr. 1, 2014 at 8:22 AM
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My oldest is in public school and his elemenatary years were a disaster. It would take an hour to spell out all the issues we had with teachers. I wasn't excited to go through that a second time once our 2nd child was ready to start kindergarten. Plus, I quit work to be a SAHM right around the time she started school and I was excited to stay home & spend time with her. I figured I would hs for kinder & then she could start public school. Surprisingly, we both liked homeschool....we're doing our 3rd year now. It just seems like the right fit for our family.
mcginnisc
by Platinum Member on Apr. 1, 2014 at 8:41 AM
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We will be homeschooling in the fall. Our girls are in private school right now, but tuition is increasing significantly in the fall. We could still send them, but we wpuld be unable to take the girls to China in a year or move into a bigger house in a year. We need to bank about $20k just for the China trip. The public school they are slated for has a rating of 3 out of 10..would you send your child to a school with that rating? We refuse to do so...therefore we will homeschool until we move to a better district...we have not decided if we will send them to public school when we move or whether we will homeschool or go back to private.
sha_lyn68
by Platinum Member on Apr. 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I refused to continue to send my oldest to an elementary school that produced a student body that could not function in middle school (just over 70% of those entering 7th grade from the ele needed remedial or special ed). It was so bad that the ele lost accreditation for I believe 2 years and the entire school system was placed on probation with the accreditation agency. DD was never attended public school although we did consider getting a waiver to send her out of district. By the time she was ready for PS we had spend 2 yrs in the HS community with DS and had no desire to enroll DD in PS.

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by Anonymous on Apr. 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Our educational philosophy and that of the schools differ.
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