After much pondering and research here are my lists of pros
1. Teacher/Student ratio: How many times as educators and as parents do we find ourselves wishing class sizes are smaller.
2. VARIETY and control over curriculum: There are so many different subjects and projects I want my children to be exposed to. There’s no way in the current public school structure this can happen. Whether it’s spending four weeks on a novel unit or deciding between Spanish or Latin for the year, the children and I have control over what to focus on. I can focus on things that I think are important for EACH child.
3. BONDING and attachment opportunities: Homeschooling can supply much needed time together for the adopted child. I’ve already lost the early formative years of my children’s lives. The more time I have with them the better.
4. FLEXIBILITY: I want to teach my children at the library, on Friday field trips, out at Red Rock, in India, and in the backyard. None of us learn the same. And although teachers, me included, try their best to reach all learning styles and differentiate instruction-it is IMPOSSIBLE due to class sizes and shortened periods.
I love teaching. I’m really good at it. I can’t escape the gnawing feeling in my mind and in my heart to not put this off. There are many other pros like avoiding the crassness and crudeness of the general student population, time for religious education, and flexible vacation times. But mostly I want to be with my kids and use the talent I’ve been given for good.
5 Replies to “The Pros of Homeschooling”
I love that you posted this here where I can comment and you know that I take your opinion and your expertise very seriously… who know. Maybe I’ll end up a home school mom, too. Or I’ll just enroll my kids at your place. :) They’ll be best buds with your children any way.
I love it! I have always been against Homeschooling, but talking to Dave’s mom and all the stuff they did has changed how I look at it. I don’t know that I’ll ever have the discipline for it. I’m not good with schedules, but you would be great with it. Your kids will love it too! I can’t wait to give all your kids a big squeeze!!!!!!
I think those are all very sufficent pro’s and I agree with them all! I just wish I had your patience to do that but that’s why your you and I’m me ;) I think you would be a great mom and teacher at home, and the flexibility one strikes me to be the BEST!!! Then you can come visit us all the time ;)
Homeschooling….pros and cons. At least you are a family that will still put their kids in social situations so they know how to not be socially retarded! :)
This has nothing to do with your post, but a response to your comment. YES! You should run it with us. That would be so fun to meet up in Salt Lake and run together. Dave is trying, but he is so far out of shape and never seems to have time to work out. If you want to follow the same program just move the long run to saturday and the rest day on sunday. YEAH! how fun!