Lately I have been debating on what would be best for our family. I have been dipping my toes into the pool of research that needs to be done. There are so many
good great reasons to homeschool that it seems like this would be the best for our family. Of course there are reasons not to- but they seem so small.
So I share my small list here and ask for any input from those that have been there and made this decision- either way.
*the stigma that kids aren’t socialized or will be “weird”/ assumption of public school or private school
*no break (for mommy- but I am doing that now so maybe not too big of deal)
*possible expense that goes into books, materials, etc(but really would it be anymore expensive than a good Christian private school?)
*With the rental house we are in now, there is no space that I could dedicate to school time. (but maybe that isn’t that big of deal until grade school age when we would hopefully be buying a house of our own and could look for that in our purchase)
*J’s birthday (and G’s) is in December which creates an awkward timing for public schooling. He wouldn’t be allowed to start kindergarten until he was 5-turning 6 three months later- which seems late to me. With homeschool, we could start teaching concepts as he is ready for them.
*We have a family (friends that we already playdate with) that is also interested in homeschooling, so we could start weekly or bi-weekly meetings to co-school. Meaning those subjects I am weaker at she could teach all the kids; and those I am stronger at, I could teach. Luckily she and I are opposite at what we are good at so this would work perfectly. We would also look into other local homeschooler meet ups.
*There are so many blogs and communities online now, I wouldn’t feel alone in this. (besides that Husband has already said that he would help on days he works late or that)
*Socialization can come from weekly meetings and extracuricular sports. T-ball, soccer, and whatever else they want to do. Also we found out that if you do independent study from public school, you are given opprotunity to participate in those sports, music classes, and clubs.
*This a huge pro, we can teach our kids with our Christain views. Science is wonderful and amazing (it is my favorite subject!) but the idea of my kids being taught that God had no factor is not okay. I will teach my kids that there are some ideas that should be researched and respected, but that God created us and everything for a reason.
*And possible the most convincing reason for me because having the kids have as much time with their dad as we can despite his crazy long work hours…Because Husband’s days off are mid-week, we could more easily adjust our school schedule to make those days our “weekend” allowing the most family time possible.
So those are what I have after only toe-dipping research. I am nervous about it, but also excited at the possiblities. I always really wanted to be a teacher, but trully believe that being my kids mom comes first. This would allow me to do both. But I am still cofused with what is best for my family. I question if I can really teach my kids in the best way possible. Hmm. so my reasearch goes on. (Good thing we have a year before I would have to make any final decisions).