4 Reasons Why I Decided to Homeschool

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This is a throwback. I wrote this article and tucked it away when I was trying to figure out if we wanted to homeschool.

Now three years later it is interesting to me that All the reasons I had for choosing this path remain valid and other reasons have arisen to join the initial four reasons I list

There is a BIG debate going on in my house recently. I want to try home schooling, and my DH is totally against it. I have 3-4 different reasons for wanting to try this.

#1 – My child is an individual. She shouldn’t be a part of a machine. Just because the state says she should be learning x,y,z right now doesn’t mean that she is ready for that. OR she may have mastered x,y,z two weeks ago, and going over it again is boring to her.

She learns differently than other kids, each child does, but how much time does a teacher realistically have to cater to each child’s individual learning style? If a teacher has 25 kids in each class and can only spend 1 hr. per day (which should be cut down to 50 minutes because of the amount of time it takes to get the class on task) on reading. My child is only allocated 2 minutes of individualized attention to her reading, and the rest of the time she is expected to figure it out on her own.

#2 – Other kids do not live in the same house my daughter does. Just because we teach her that it’s not ok to call someone poo-poo head, doesn’t mean that she will not hear it at school. You have children from all walks of life in the public school system, and if I am being 100% honest I don’t want my 5 year old walking the paths some of these children are forced to walk.

#3 – I like my kid. There I said it. I don’t like the fact that she is in public school 8 hours a day and only on task learning about 5 hours of that. IF THAT. I would like to spend that time with her. I would like to be with her when she realizes that she has learned something new and see the excitement on her face. I want her to look back on her childhood and have memories of when she learned something significant; I want to be in that memory.

#4 – Her safety is important to me. This is not a knee jerk reaction to Newtown, or other school tragedies. BUT I think that school officials, teachers, aides, and other school employees cannot logically keep each and every child safe. It is not humanly possible with the restrictions and red tape that they have to go through.

There are so many people who say that I am trying to bubble wrap her. I am trying to protect her from the real world, and maybe I am. But she is only 5 years old! She should not have to deal with some of the things she is exposed to in public schools. Yes she will have to go through things as an adult, and she needs to prepare for that. I get that, but I also think that as her parent I should be able to decide when she has to experience those trials to the best of my ability to protect her.

Our children are the single most precious resource we have. They are our future, our reflection, and our responsibility. If I have the opportunity and means to care after her education myself should I not be doing exactly that? If I do not and am allowing the state, gov’t, or other entity to shape my child, what does that say about me as a parent?

I realize that not everyone will agree with me and that’s okay. We don’t have to all think alike that is what makes this country great. But for my child, and me home schooling is looking better and better.

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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4 thoughts on “4 Reasons Why I Decided to Homeschool

  1. I read things like this and always realize how lucky I am to have been born when I was. Public school was fine for me, and for when I was in elementary school, the large growth in the area we lived hadn’t happened yet. It wasn’t until middle school that the effects of the population growth really hit – classes were larger in some cases, but the school tried to do a good job of putting people with similar sets of abilities together (we even got separate math classes in 8th grade, versus just having “8th grade math”). And then, thank goodness, my parents decided city life was not for them, and we moved to a very, very small town before I started high school. In a class of 15 students, it’s easy to make sure that each kid gets what they need out of class. It wasn’t perfect, but I hear now about how schools are so full and teachers are so stressed out dealing with so many different kids (which is not a bad thing to deal with, but it is when you don’t have the resources to do so!) and I just barely slipped through before any of it really blew up into what it is now. I had teachers that fully understood that kids learned differently, faster or slower than others, and were more than willing to work with the student if they asked for accommodations (I know this, because I did it – I put my English and Literature teacher through a ton of extra work, because I asked for more). I took Calculus my senior year, and there was only me and another kid in the class. Granted, the teacher also hosted a study period with other students during that time, but for the first half, while going over what we needed to learn, us two had the teacher’s full attention. That kind of thing is very hard to find, from the sound of things now, and it was so very helpful. If that is something that you have the ability to provide for your child, I commend you for your efforts and wish you all of the best in it. Because it’s totally worth it.

  2. GOOD LUCK! We homeschooled our son about 25years ago from pre-school until the 8th grade when we enrolled him in a private Waldorf School near Atlanta. He helped develop the new Waldorf High School *Academe of the Oaks* and graduated in 2007.
    He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Degree in Finance in 2011.
    We were always swimming up river, this was back when HomeSchool was relatively new. The Grandparents thought we were totally crazy and offered very little support.
    We took it one year at a time, sometimes one day at a time! I kept careful attendance records for the county and we had our school days scheduled like the public school. We could travel at will with my husband who traveled and just toss books in a bag and GO!
    I liked the flexibility. Suggestions: Focus on the basics, you can indeed tweak the lessons as needed. We really liked *SAXON MATH*, as a result Kiddo was very strong in math and asked to tutor kids in his 8th grade Waldorf class. I liked *Sing,Spell, Read and Write*, it works and was fun for all of us. Later, when reading a book if I could find a movie tape (remember tapes?) we liked to use the movie to back up the book. I tried to find fun books to read. I remember he liked a series about Lost In Space and memoir style diary books by young writers in historical days. Some afternoons we socialized with other kids who were homeschooling at a park nearby. He is even now very social and comfortable with people of all ages. It worked out for our family and I would do it again! We were pretty flexible, we could work lessons at the kitchen table or on the floor in the family room, my best advice is *RELAX*! Let me know if I can be of any assistance or support during this exciting adventure of learning. CAT

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