We plan on homeschooling our children. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that before on the blog, but it’s a fact. Mackenzie is only 2 1/2 and I’ve already read and researched and agonized over details.
If it ever comes up in conversation, people who don’t homeschool themselves invariably ask one of two questions. I came across a blog post today that addressed both questions succinctly. Obviously I have zero experience in the matter myself, but the writer pretty much echoed my thoughts exactly about the issues of “patience” and “socialization”.
I don’t always have enough patience for my toddler (sad, but true… when I’m largely pregnant and baking hot, my patience wears out faster than I’d like). However, that would never keep me from having a toddler! The pay-off far outweighs the hard times. Likewise, homeschooling is important enough to us that I’m pretty determined to stick with it, rough days and all.
We anticipate our kids will spend LESS time in our home classroom than they would in a school classroom (and no homework!), giving them more time to run around and be kids. Play music. Play sports. Get dirty. Make friends. I went to public schools growing up but my best friendships developed from hanging out with neighborhood kids in the afternoon and playing on a soccer team. Our kids won’t miss out on either of those things, and what they’ll gain from spending more time with their siblings and parents is important to us.
The title of this post said “just a link” but you can tell from my brain dump that this has been on my mind lately! 🙂
P.S. I absolutely understand that homeschooling isn’t for everyone and not everyone weighs (or even views) the pros and cons the same. Comments are welcome!