Seriously, what is it with the attitude some people have about homeschooling? I homeschooled my youngest last year because I didn’t feel like he was getting what he needed from the public school system. He’s ADHD and he does so much better with one-on-one teaching. He is also way ahead in some subjects. He hates math so that’s one area we are definitely going to work on more this school year. He was reading on a 4th-5th grade level in kindergarten though. I’m not even sure what level he’s on now. He likes to read, except, not what you’d expect. He reads medical encyclopedias. He can recite what he’s read verbatim. I have no clue where he gets that talent from though because I’m lucky if I can remember what I went to Wal-mart to get. Ok, back to people’s attitude on homeschooling. Rhiannon decided she wants to be homeschooled this year. I tried to talk her out of it. She made jr high choir and I really wanted her to pursue that. She has an amazing voice and I want her to use it. But that wasn’t enough for her to want to go to public school this year. She had her fill of drama with the girls at school last year, I think. Everybody keeps telling me “Well, I’m sure she’ll miss her friends.” Well, seeing as how they took break away from the middle school and high school, I don’t see when she’d have much time to talk to her friends anyway. She can still have friends over and go to their houses. Not to mention, she has a cell phone and ipod. She can facetime her friends when they get home from school. I don’t know why people tend to think that homeschooled kids are kept from socializing.
I’m also going to save a ton of money because I won’t have to buy uniforms or school supplies. I mean, I will buy a few things for homeschool, but not as much as what the public schools want parents to buy. I always used to get so mad when my kids were in elementary school because of the school supply lists. I don’t mind providing for my kids, but I know that many times all of the school supplies are shared by the entire class. Some parents know that so they aren’t going to buy their kids supplies. At least when I homeschool, I know I am buying for my kids. I’m not selfish, but it would just tick me off whenever I would find out later what the teachers were doing (I know not all of them do that, but many around here do). It just seemed kind of shady that they weren’t upfront about the whole class using the supplies.
I think I am going to start a homeschooling blog and letting the kids participate with it and maybe write a few posts. I’ll have to run the idea by them and see what they thing. If I do decide to do that, I’ll be sure to post the link here :).