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.