Archive for December 3rd, 2008

The Homeschooling Dilemma: Part 1

Never in a million years would I have thought that I would ever give serious thought to homeschooling my children.  I never thought it was “for me”.  I also always assumed that I’d be working full time as a nurse and the thought of trying to work full time and also homeschool is overwhelming. 

Enter in our present situation.  We are preparing to move, find new jobs, and find a new house in another state.  If things go well, then I will likely be able to work only part time hours once we move.  I will hopefully go from working a 36-40 hour week to only working 16-24 hours per week.  Essentially, I’d be working 2-3 eight hour shifts, or two 12 hour shifts a week.  (I am seriously considering looking for a weekend only job which frees me up the entire week to be home with the kids.)

So once we move, homeschooling may become an option for our family.  Part of my reason for considering it is selfish–I want that time with my children (after all, kids are only kids for such a short season in life).  But my main reason is because Annagrace is a very bright child with a lot of potential and I fear that she will slip between the cracks in public school.  If homeschooled, she could be reading on the 4th-5th grade level that she is on and it would be okay!  I remember her being told last year (while in Kindergarten) that she couldn’t check out Junie B. Jones books from the school library because they were for the “big kids” and she was devastated!  (Eventually the librarian came around and realized that she could read them on her own and allowed her to check them out!)  This sudden interest she has in multiplication and fractions and writing in cursive could be encouraged instead of telling her, “Well-you’ll learn that in a couple of year just concentrate on this other stuff for now.”  (I recently told her to practice her cursive at home but when she is at school she needs to print!)   

The next couple of days I’m going to be posting some of my thoughts and concerns and basically ‘hashing things out’ (as Aaron would say!) on my blog.  Please comment with any of your thoughts and ideas on the subject.  I’d love to hear them!  I know I have at least two blog readers who homeschool (Heather and Nikki).  Is anyone else out there a homeschooling mom?

December 2008