I don’t plan on homeschooling my children. I believe public schools are good for kids for social aspects and provide many learning opportunities besides the “traditional” subject areas taught. I believe as parents, its our job to teach them the way in which they should go, no matter what school they go to.
However. There is a big however here for me. Even though I don’t plan on traditionally homeschooling my children, I do plan on using homeschooling tools and lessons as part of daily life. An activity after school (I want to make learning fun!) or a book we read on the weekends. I love reading homeschooling blogs and getting ideas for good books to read, crafts to make and fun activities to do. Just because a child comes home at 3pm, doesn’t mean they need to stop learning. Just because we’re not homeschooling our kids, doesn’t mean its not our job to teach them things at home.
Did I learn a lot in elementary school? Did I learn about geography and World War 1 in middle school? Well, probably, but I forgot it all, so not really. Did my parents teach me more about life than my middle school teachers? Maybe. Probably.
I’m always so interested to hear why people choose to homeschool their kids and why some people are totally agains the idea. I hear a lot of ” I don’t want my kids to be socially awkward,” and ” I don’t want my kids in a public school that is dangerous and full of swear words and drugs.”
Interesting on both accounts. Are all schools dangerous? Just because your children stay home with you all day does it mean they’re not going to know how to play with other children? My answer is no to both.
What do you think? If you homeschool your kids, I would love to hear why! What do you love about it? What’s the hardest part? If you don’t homeschool, why not? Have you ever thought about it? What are beliefs on the issue? I respect both sides completely. I would love to hear your thoughts!