I looked at my kiddos and their learning styles and my own. I also considered how well they do in social situations. Lastly, I considered how well they "learn" things from me. My eldest is a kid who watches for a while then joins in once he understands all aspects. He is very much a visual learner. My youngest is a kinesthetic learner, "do it self" was his mantra as a toddler. I am not in line with either really. I am an auditory learner with a side of kinesthetic in there for good measure. Both boys are social. My eldest with have a few close buddies but can generally get along with anyone. My youngest is a politician... he loves to interact with everyone and work the room. Lastly, how well do they learn from me specifically. My oldest doesn't do well at all when I try to "teach". We both get frustrated and he will do the opposite just to watch what happens. My youngest is similar. They are the same way with Daddy. And I was the same way with my parents. I was much more open to criticism and correction (no matter how lovingly and constructively it was given). I was very hard headed when it came to my folks and learning.
For these reasons, we have decided to public school our kids. We are fully capable of suplementing as needed if we feel they are missing something. We probably won't ever consider full on homeschooling (vs charter, private, online....) as it is not a good fit for our kids and family.
I agree with first poster. My dd resist learning from me as well so she does better with her brick and mortar school. She has formed bonds with many of the teachers and staff so that is an extension of her support system when she is upset or has a problem. We do supplemental at home to support whatever they are learning in school. I stay in close contact with the teacher.
I have known people with postive experiences of homeschooling and negative homeschooling. There are several different kinds of homeschooling.
My homeschoolers are very social. They are in sports, they get together once a week with other homeschooled kids, they take classes at the library 1-2 times a week that our library puts on for homeschooled children. They also attend church every Sunday where they socialize with other children. Most of my kids have a very easy time making friends at the park when we go. My 8 year old is shy and it takes her a little longer but I think that is because her birthmother never took her out into public (we adopted her when she was 6). My husband decided to homeschool because our schools were not that great and he felt he could give them a better education (he was a teacher for 20 years before we got married).
My 8 year old was at a 3 year old level when we adopted her at the age of 6, she is now 8 and is completely caught up with kids her age.
My 11 year old will be attending public school this year. He wanted to take at least this next year and experience school. I'm a little nervous about sending him, socially he will do fine. I just don't want him to be bored in school, he is almost 3 years ahead of his peers academically so it makes me a little nervous that he will not be challenged enough.
We will continue to homeschool my 8, 7 and 5 year old children. I feel the best place for my elementary age children is at home with their family. I myself, could never homeschool my kids that is why I leave it up to my husband.
I do both :) i call it public homeschooling :P
its online public school. we are at home doing it, but it is through the state public school system.
we chose to do this because my daughter is autistic, and has very bad anxiety in the class, and it was getting difficult to handle for both her, and the teachers. she was spending almost all her time in the resource room and not getting any learning done.
being at home, the days are much shorter, we are done by lunch time, because its just me, her and her teacher, vs a class full of children all day. her anxiety is much better, which makes her social anxiety better, and she does so much better socially when its on her terms, instead of the schools terms. she is in ballet, baseball, and we have a few co-ops, field trip groups, and parkdays after the temps drop below 100 lol.
if its something you are considering, and arent sure where to start, maybe check into this?
there is connectionsacademy.com
and calvertschool.org (though im not positive about this ones credentials, and its not available in all states.
also, im glad you posted here instead of MC. you wont get so many bashers, cause they cant use the anon button :P
i dont have the patience to do it myself..lol so theres not option for me! lol
Bear with me...as a public school teacher, with a MS in education and working toward my doctorate in educational leadership, I often cringe when people talk about homeschooling. This conversation has been very enlightening. You have all been very open for your reasons to homeschool or not. I am very impressed. I've met my fair share of homeschool parents who won't/can't tell me why they homeschool, and those who should have never made that decision. Thank you for your candor and for opening my eyes a little more about homeschooling. Good luck with your decision, and good luck to everybody with the start of the new school year.
I homeschooled and eschooled my dd because she is gifted and our local schools offer nothing for the gifted kids. She now attends a full time gifted charter school and has been whole grade accelerated to 3rd grade for this coming school year. I wouldn't trade our time homeschooling for anything but she is thriving at her school and it is K-8 so she will be there for 5 more years.
My ds will be eschooled this year in part because of our poor schools. The biggest factor though is that he is medically fragile and his medical team requested that he be schooled at home for, at least, another year. He is also gifted with different strengths than dd and will, hopefully, attend her school starting in 1st grade. He is a very movement oriented learner and introverted though so we may continue with Eschooling for him for those reasons.
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