Jake and I have had the homeschooling discussion on and off since we've been married.
We like the idea, him more than me, but I felt like I could never homeschool. I felt like I just wasn't one of those people that could do it.
Jake and I were both in public school until graduating high school. We survived, why couldn't our kids?
But, now that we are in the public school system, my views are changing.
We live right down the street from Lily's school. It is a great school and Lily has done very well there so far this year- her "report card" is filled with almost all "exceeds standards" which of course makes Jake and I grin.
But, at the same time, I know that she can do better. She is capable of more than what she is currently working on at school.
But for me, the bigger issue is not the education itself, but what she is picking up at school, what she is learning from her peers, things that are the opposite of what we want our little girl to be exposed to.
Now, I am NOT a helicopter parent. At all. I do not want to keep my kids sheltered from everything that goes on in the world.
BUT, I do want to help them keep perspective. Keep their focus on what life is really about.
I am not saying that I am for sure going to homeschool, but it is something that I am actually thinking about and will start to look into. I want my kids to learn at their own pace and also be surrounded by good influences. If I were to homeschool, I would want a Christian curriculum for sure.
But, I have many many questions that I am hoping you all can help me with!
- How do you even get started?
- How do you choose a curriculum?
- What do you do with your younger kids while schooling your older kids?
- How do you teach your different aged/different grade kids at the same time?
- What sort of time commitment per day is it?
- Do you need to keep to the same timing/routine each day?
-Can an ordinary mom really be successful?
- Is it hard for your homeschooled kids to be in sports or do extra curriculars through the school since they don't go there and may not know anyone? Does it make them feel like an outcast?
- Do you need to have a separate, designated "school" space in your house to homeschool?
- How much money do you need to put into it to make it work?
That's all I can think of for now- if you have anything at all to add, please leave a comment on here or facebook! I am very interested in getting information about homeschooling and making it work!