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.