Hello my loves, for those who may not know, I have a very happy two year old son and a very smart 6 year old daughter who is now in her last months of kindergarten. Over the past two years of her schooling we have encountered the many highs and lows of the public school world. I have had the privilege of attending private and public school and feel very determined to get my children getting the best education they can possibly have. For the past 3 years or so I have been looking into the possibility of homeschooling my oldest. I’ve researched and researched for years and have built up a very solid list of pros and cons that have helped me come to the ultimate decision of homeschooling my children.
Lets start with the pros…
The thing about making the decision to home school is that its HARD. Even after researching the different styles and studying other successful homeschool moms the decision didn’t come to me easy. The pros to homeschool definitely outweigh the cons, so I’d like to share how I came to the decision! One huge pro is that I’m already a stay at home mom(SAHM). Alot of working homeschoolers find it hard to stay on track and to concentrate when they have to go between working outside the home and already being home. I’m at an advantage since we already have somewhat of a schedule when we are home and I can give homeschooling during the day my full attention since I don’t have to leave to go to a job.
My next pro, is that I can make sure that my children are not only learning core subjects but also homemaking skills and other real world learning. My biggest problem with public schooling in particular is I didn’t feel like I learned anything I could actually use in the real world. When’s the last time you’ve had to figure out what mx/b+y was in your field? I want both of my children to know how to cook, clean, pay bills, and more when they leave the nest. I did get a bit of real world learning in private school, but could you imagine a schooling where everyday you learned through real world event?
Third, my kids will be the best of friends. My son learns so much from his sister when she comes home and does her homework. My goal is to be sure to have them learn better ways to deal with their frustrations together and learn together. Family is so important and what better way to teach loyalty , love and family importance than learning together everyday.
The next pro, has to be my support system. Many wives/husbands say that what makes homeschooling so hard is the lack of support from their families or significant others. I have the support of my Fiance and our parents . I’m thankful for the support, homeschooling is a long difficult road. It will take some getting used to, but knowing that I have people who believe in my ability to be my children’s best advocate and educator is the best. Another pro? Anyone can homeschool! There are different requirements from state to state, but for the most part anyone can homeschool. There are even different places to get free curriculum if you’re not in the market to spend hundreds of dollars towards it! I plan to build my own curriculum. I want to be able to grab from many different sources to give my kids the best possible education. I also plan on using an interest led method so my children look forward to learning!
My last pro to deciding to homeschool (there are many more), we can learn whenever doing whatever! I don’t plan on following the typical school schedule. Something I noticed with my daughter? While she loves learning and school, she withholds information better when doing more hands on approaches. Schools often have a high student teacher ratio so its nearly impossible to teach every student exactly how they need to be taught. My children seem to be more visual and hands on learners. I know sitting my daughter down with a packet of work is fine, meaning she’ll do it, but how much will she retain afterwards? Not much. And that’s not because she has trouble learning, it’s because that’s not the way she learns best!
On to the cons…
The cons of homeschooling FOR ME is the scheduling and organization. Anyone that knows me will tell you I work just fine among chaos. I keep planners for a few months and then stop feeling the need for them. You need a sense of organization to homeschool. Portfolios, projects, paperwork, books all need to have a system for this to work.
My next con is going to have to be the state of our home. While we wont be in the house all the time everyday, spending more time home means there will be more messes and more housework. Which is like a soft con if you enjoy cleaning! My last con was the expense. While you can build a curriculum for free the constant cooking, books(which can be free from the library), paper, pencils, pens, planners, the list can go on and on for expenses. The plus side is if you are big on sales and couponing you can basically bypass all of these expenses!
The list can go on and on for the pros and cons of homeschooling. But, if you have the time and you want more from the schooling your child is currently getting I’d recommend looking into homeschooling and seeing if its a fit for your family. Homeschooling will give us the freedom to learn what we feel is important for our children to know along side their standard core curriculum. I plan to keep updating about my experience going into the homeschool world and any advice is definitely appreciated!
Till next time!
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