Since I started my job as a day time nanny, homeschooling is going to be a little bit different this year. My kids are older (15 and 11) so they are old enough to stay by themselves. I also have family really close by if they need anything. Rhiannon, my 15 year old, is in 10th grade this year. She works really well on her on. My 11 year old, Trey, is the one I really have to get after about doing his school work. I get home around 4:30 everyday and if he pays attention, it only takes maybe an hour to do his work. Also, Rhiannon is old enough to help him with his work.
I have had a few people ask how the whole homeschooling thing works since I’m not at home and I’ve explained it to them. They kind of look at me dubiously. It still amazes me at how little respect homeschoolers get. Some people think in order for kids to learn, they have to sit in a classroom for 8 hours a day with 30 other kids. It’s crazy how we’ve been conditioned to think this way. And I will admit, I also used to think that way. It’s taken me awhile to get out of that way of thinking. I’m not saying that kids who go to school aren’t just as smart as homeschooled kids. However, homeschooled kids are also well educated. I like the fact that my kids are able to learn in their way and not in a “one size fits all” manner. All kids do not learn the same.
By the way, if you’re interested in the homeschool program we use, it’s Discovery K12. It allows you to record your attendance and work you’ve completed and it’s free. No, I didn’t get paid to mention them, I just think it’s a wonderful site, especially for those who are looking for an affordable way to homeschool!
I wasn’t homeschooled so a lot of people in my family don’t understand why I choose to homeschool my younger two children. There are several reasons why I feel that it’s the best choice for my family.
- No state tests. I’ve been seeing several posts on facebook about school testing this week. One woman even said her 10 yr old child had literally been worrying himself sick over these tests. How the education board thinks this is acceptable is beyond me. Whenever I was in school, which has been a good 20+ years ago, sure, we had “achievement” tests. We were pressured somewhat to do well on them but not to the point where we really thought that much about it.The teachers also didn’t put so much time into focusing on taking the test. My kids do their school work and have exams to test their knowledge on what they just studied. However, they are not forced to take “achievement” tests to test them on things we may or may not have already covered. I mean let’s be real here, the state tests are not really to test the students, they are to test the teachers. They can actually lose their jobs if the children don’t perform well on the tests. So in turn, the teachers are pressured to put pressure on the kids.
- Forced interaction is NOT socialization. I constantly hear “Well, if your kids don’t go to school, how do they learn how to get along with other kids? How do they socialize?” Well for one thing once a child gets past elementary school, kids don’t have very much time to socialize anyway. If they are lucky they get a 15 minute break, that’s it. My youngest son is not around kids a whole lot, but whenever we go to the playground, he always manages to find kids to talk to. He’s really outgoing. I know that surprises many “pro public school” people. He also can hold a conversation with someone a lot older than him. He’s probably better socialized than most public school kids his age. My 15 yr old daughter went to public school for awhile so she has friends that she made in elementary school. I think she gets to talk to them more now than when she was in school.
- Kids can learn at their own pace. One of my biggest complaints is that in public school, kids are all taught the same way. They are all expected to grasp the same concepts at the same time. But in reality, some kids don’t. Some kids are hands on, some are visual learners and others learn by listening. However, a teacher who has 20-30 kids in the classroom doesn’t have time to cater to every student. I only have 2 students so I am able to spend time with my kids and find out how they learn best.
- Flexibility. My kids are both night owls. They will probably both end up with jobs that they can work at night lol. I’m not sure where they get that from because when 9 pm gets here, I’m ready to go to bed. My daughter does her work at different times of the day. My son usually likes to do his work after 4. He has ADHD and I find that he is a lot calmer at the end of the day, after he’s had time to expend some of his energy. Also, if we want to take a day off from school work “just because”, well, we can.
There are many other reasons why I love homeschooling. These are just a few. I am by no means “anti” public school. Public school works for many kids. It just doesn’t really work for mine. Education is so very important so I think it’s imperative for children to learn in the environment that’s best for them whether that’s in a public , private, or homeschool.
I hope everyone had a great mother’s day! I spent the day with my husband, kids, sisters,bil,niece, and parents. We decided to have lunch at my sister’s house since most of the restaurants would more than likely be crowded. We had barbecue sandwiches and it was delicious.
I never ask my husband and kids for anything expensive on Mother’s Day. I guess because I can always think of better way to spend money than on new jewelry or whatever. However, my husband and kids made cards for me and that was enough. Not to mention, my husband took me and the kids out to eat Mexican cuisine on Friday. He also cleaned the house for me. Of course, since I have 3 kids, plus keep a 2.5 year old, the house didn’t stay clean long. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right?
I’m thinking I’m going to let the kids finish up their homeschool this week. Most of the public schools will be getting out in a week or so. I know Trey will be so glad because he doesn’t like school at all. He’d rather be watching youtube videos or playing video games. Hey, but what kid wouldn’t rather be doing that? LOL. Rhiannon has been really great at getting her school work done. I think she just likes to go ahead and work on it early so she can have the rest of the day to do what she wants. It’s good that she’s going to get done this week though because she has her recital on Saturday. She will have practice nearly every day this week for 2 hours each day. I am not sure if she wants to take dance next year or not. If not, I am going to try to find another extracurricular activity for her. I wish I could take the summer off to just hang out with them but it looks like I’m gonna be keeping two extra kids over the summer, along with the 2.5 yr old I already keep. Oh well, at least I will have a break from homeschooling 🙂