Archive for December 4th, 2008

Homeschooling Part 2: The Pros

I found some info on homeschooling at the Family Education website.  Here is a list of “pros” of homeschooling and my thoughts on that following each one.  (And let me clarify–these are not a list of pros that I came up with.  They are from that website and I copied them here.  The comments after are my thoughts on each).   

1)  Educational Freedom.   This is one of my primary reasons for wanting to homeschool.  Annagrace can learn at her own pace.  She can study what she is interested in, when she is interested in it.  Like I mentioned yesterday, if she wants to learn multiplication and cursive in first grade, then so we can do that. 

2)  Physical Freedom.  This is something I touched on yesterday too.  Some mornings are total chaos here.  Sometimes we have to drag Annagrace out of bed.  She hates mornings–she gets that honest!  I also like the thought that during the ‘school day’ when she is getting tired and needs a break, she can take one.  When she’s tired of being cooped up inside, she can go out a play for a bit.  When she’s puking (like today!) she can veg out on the couch instead of hanging out in the school clinic waiting for her dad to pick her up!   

3)  Emotional Freedom.  This is another biggie for us this year.  I’ve blogged before about all the mess Annagrace has had to deal with this year.  Mainly a particular child in her class that keeps saying inappropriate things to her.  I’d love to keep her from having to deal with the bullying and all the stupid stuff that goes with being a girl! Just yesterday I was talking with a co-worker who said she refused to let her daughter–who is now in college–be in the ‘challenge’ program (like the one that AG is in) because “those kids” sometimes got picked on.  I don’t want our daughter to ever be ashamed of her intelligence!    

4)  Religious Freedom.  This actually is not as big of a deal to me.  Annagrace gets a lot of Christian instruction from Aaron and I and this would happen regardless of what type of school situation she is in.  Of course I do like the idea that we could teach Creationism and church history and could incorporate Bible reading in our English and Language classes.

5)  Closer Family Relationships.   I can imagine that this would be very crucial during the teenage years.  I wonder if homeschooling parents have to deal with teenage angst, rebellion, etc. as much as public schooled families.  My guess is no.

6)  Stability During Difficult Times.  I like the idea that if there is a family crisis, we don’t have to send a note to school and justify why my child needs to be out for a few days.  If my mom is sick or not feeling well and I need to be there for her, or take her to the doctor then I can be there without having to worry about who is taking AG to school, who is picking her up, etc.  And the fact that if there is a death or other crisis in either family we can pick up and go without worrying about AG missing school or getting behind in her homework.   

7)  Well-Rested Kids.  Wow.  What a GREAT pro that this would be!  As I mentioned before, AG is NOT a morning person.  She tends to stay up later than she should (yes, our fault.  But we are both night owls so she really does get it from us!) and she hates getting up in the morning.  I know as soon as she opens her eyes in the morning what kind of day she is going to have.  I don’t want to homeschool just so my child can sleep in, but I do like the idea that we can work on her schedule.  When she is awake and alert–then we do her most challenging studies.  When she is tired, we take a break and re-energize and then move on.   

8) No Busywork.   Hallelujah!  When you figure in how much time is spent in school lining kids up, telling them to be quiet, taking bathroom breaks with the whole class, putting on coats to go outside, walking to lunch, then to the library, then outside for recess-that adds up to a lot of time.  Then factor in kids doing “busy” work–which Annagrace gets her fair share of–and how many hours of instruction do our kids really get a day?  Maybe 2 or 3 at the most.   Because Annagrace is advanced and bored in class, her teachers (including her challenge teacher) have been giving her games to play.  I love her teachers and really appreciate all they are doing for her.  But honestly, she could play games here at home.  (I think her teacher feels that way too which is why she encouraged us to have her moved to second grade.)  That’s not counting in the times they send her to the library to read by herself because the class is too loud for her or because she has already finished putting her list of 20 words in alphabetical order while the rest of the class is trying to comprehend putting 3 words in order.  I’m telling ya–we’ve got a smart little chick! 

So those are my thoughts on the pros.  Next post will be my thoughts on the cons.   Anyone have any thoughts on this?  Any other pros that should be added to the list?

December 2008