We (I) really want to home school our kids.
My oldest daughter will be in Kindergarten next year, and I don’t have many reasons to NOT send her. It’s a great school, good teachers, lots of recommendations, it’s close by. I know she’d have fun. It’s just that there are so many reasons to home school! It feels so right, and sometimes the things that just feel right are hard to justify. I’m not sure I’ll be able to adequately answer everyone’s questions, especially my family.
The biggest one right now is “She only gets to do Kindergarten once!” I know. And I want to do it as a family. We’re not completely decided on where she’ll be next year- she decided that home school kindergarten sounds like fun, but after that she HAS to “go to school.” We’ll talk about it more when we get closer- I definitely don’t want to do anything she’s dead set against. But at the same time…she’s 4. There needs to be a balance in who decides what’s in her best interest.
The choices we’re making right now in our home mean that life is better when we’re here. I love being with my girls, and having a natural rhythm in our days. Even when that means I’m up at 5:30 with a perky toddler, I love the peace that’s here. The girls wander around playing and learning, I do the daily chores of cleaning, baking, cooking, sorting, gardening, etc. The girls are learning to do their part in the home- my oldest (she’s 4) clears the dishes and wipes the table after our meals, and sorts and puts away her own laundry on laundry days. The youngest (16 months) follows her older sister around learning. She loves to help empty the dishwasher, handing everything to us to put away. We come together and play, we have meals together, we feel like a unit. The day flows from morning activities to rest time to afternoon playing to family meal to night time.
Another concern people have is that I will be completely stressed. I’m not so sure. My husband sees me at the end of the day- I try to have dinner ready when he walks in the door, which generally means I’m stirring pots and being hounded by hungry children with low blood sugar, and my patience is shot. The rest of the day isn’t like that! I’ve been teaching piano for over 10 years. I LIKE teaching kids. I’ve learned when to pull, when to applaud, when to joke, and when to just walk away for a week or so and come back and see if they’re ready to try the task again.
So much of a young child’s life is bound up in the home life- their imaginary plays, learning the lay out of their neighborhood (where the parks are, etc…the important stuff!), having rest time in a familiar place, learning the roles of their gender in the home. Knowing that the family unit is the most important social structure on earth, I want ours to be the best it can be. I know that I can teach our children, and I know that I can do a better job than the public school system, if nothing else than by virtue of student-to-teacher ratio. (And besides- do you want your child to have 200 same-age mentors, or a wide range of ages to watch? That’s what I thought!)
I have so many ideas, and I am so excited for this. This is getting long, but have you ever considered home schooling? Would you ever consider it? (Or have you ever home schooled?)
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