Thursday, January 10, 2008


I've been thinking more and more about homeschooling the kids. I've actually been thinking about it for quite awhile. Maybe it has been on my mind especially recently because a few of my friends have started enrolling their little ones in preschool. I don't have a problem with preschool, it's just the fact that I see others doing it that gets me thinking about school in general.

Apparently the elementary school where we live is very good so I need to investigate it.

Fran is only 3 so I don't have to worry about anything just yet.

I really like all the freedom I have with the kids at this time of life. Sometimes I think about what life will be like when she starts going to school and it just seems unpleasant to me for some reason. Up early, she's gone. Pick her up. Take her to a dance class. Fix dinner. Do worksheets and reading. Bathtime. Bedtime. Since they now have full-day kindergarten she'll be gone for much of the day. I want her to be in some activity, but then when do we just have down-time as a family to do nothing? Does life just become rush-rush-rush once she starts school? When I talk to my friends who have their kids in school, that is what it seems like.

Anyways, I want to do what is best for her and for all my children and family in general. I want her to get a good academic education. Sometimes I am frustrated knowing how much time is wasted in the traditional classroom. But knowing all this, I also know that there are some great teachers out there who have been doing their jobs for many years and who are inspiring and extremely knowledgable. So by pulling her out of regular school, the kids are stuck with me all the time and don't have the benefit from learning from other instructors.

It feels like no matter what decision I make I am giving up something that I view as being pretty important.

1 comment:

The Staker Family said...

I hope you get e-mails when people make comments or you will probably never see this. The only thing I have to say aside from that it's up to you is that I know a lot of home schooled children who are very smart, but socially far behind. Even though a lot of time is wasted in a traditional class room they are getting very valuable interaction with peers. If you do decide to home school just make sure you get them involved in lots of things to give them that interaction. If you don't homeschool, you can still work with them and that will make a big difference, although I had a kindergartner last year and we have 1/2 day here, and it did seem hard to fit it all in. Good luck with your decision.