As some of you know, I have been tossing the idea of homeschooling around for months now. I have read more books, blogs and articles than I can count. I have considered the pros, the cons, the what ifs and the shoulds. I have thought about whether this is a decision I am making for me or for my kids. Do I just want a “teaching job” or do I really think my kids are better served at home? Can I do it? Kid #4 is on her way in 5 short weeks and I wondering about the idea of working homeschooling in around feedings and baby care.
I also have the fear of just being bad at it. What if it doesn’t work for us? What if kid #1 and I can’t work together? What if he winds up behind? I also contend with the fact that kid #3 is PAINFULLY shy in situations outside our home. She refuses to interact with children without her father, brother or me. She does eventually warm up, but it takes a while. Does she “need” preschool for improved socialization? Will I delay her without that interaction?
Kid #2 is going to school regardless of what I decide for #1 and #3. As I have mentioned in other posts, kid #2 was born with a serious birth defect and is globally delayed. (In a post soon I will profile each of my kiddos!) Our district offers half-day kindergarten and she receives special education services (PT, OT, speech therapy and resource room support) while there. In the afternoon. I have homeschooling activities planned for kid #2 and #3 from the book Teach Me To Do It Myself as well as a story time at the library, a religious education class, and a session with a music therapist. These are things I will do whether they are homeschooled officially or not. I will supplement what happens elsewhere.
The good news is I have choices and that none of the choices are permanent. We can try any one of the options and see how it goes. If something isn’t working for a kid we can make changes.
I want to make it clear that I believe in the idea of a public education, I am a public school (K-12 and college) educated person that grew up to be a public school teacher. I serve on a public school board. I know that there are good things happening in public schools. But one thing I am beginning to realize through my research is that each kids needs might be better met in different settings and a great way to change curriculum for each kid is when homeschooling. I have a few months to try some stuff and to decide. I am also waiting for kid #1’s classroom placement for next year. It could be the difference?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!!