Tuesday, June 20, 2006

OK I am going to out myself. The thing that I have been thinking and praying about is.....

I am 80% sure I have decided to homeschool my kids. I live in a fairly good school district, but one that is highly concerned with TEST SCORES which irks me to no end. Thing 1 completed preschool, but had a few problems socially, and has a hard time sitting still for long periods of time and paying attention. I can see that this will be a problem in school. I truly;y think he will be the kids that gets picked on. He is not a rough and tumble little boy, he likes to play, but he is also very sensitive and artistic.

I have found out that my area is apparently a hotspot for homeschoolers, so I just have to track down some in my area. I have been looking into the law and our state requirements (and we happen to live in one of the states with tougher homeschool laws - but still not much to do). I feel that I can handle the requirements.

I am a little overwhelmed at the curriculum choices, but I will just have to babystep my way though that. If this doesn't work out I can always enroll him in school, right?

I am still a little conflicted, I want to be sure it's the right choice for him and not just the"easier" choice for me. But really, who knows my child better than me? One on one (or two on one) is much better than the 25 to one ratio in the classroom.
I find myself rationalizing both sides of the coin. I guess I have more thinkin to do.


BooMama said...

I know it's a tough decision. I will say this, though: I've never heard anyone say that they regretted homeschooling their kids. But every family is different - and you know your babies better than anybody. Praying that you have God's perfect peace about your decision!

M-j said...

not taking sides, just playing devil's advocate.
You stated that one on one or one on two is better than 25 on one, but the primary reason for Kindergarten(which is NOT mandatory in our state) is for socialization, right? To build social skills. If you decide to homeschool, make sure (I am sure you already thought of this) that you enroll him in a home-school group of some sort so that he has time several times a week to socialize with other kids his age.
Like I said, not taking sides. Just food for thought.

Rachel said...

I think you will do an amazing job with this! I do agree with Marj, and know that you will find lots of ways for him to socialize with other kids his age. Go for it!