I want to start this post by saying that I am neither pro homeschool or pro not homeschool. I am pro do what is best for you and your family. My sister and I were not homeschooled. We went to public schools and I think we turned out great. (I am probably biased.) My mom thinks we turned out great, too. Although she is probably biased, too. My husband and his siblings were homeschooled grades K-12 and my husband also turned out pretty fantastic in my (again biased) opinion. Today I wanted to address a few things about homeschooling so those who may be considering it can try to get a good understanding if it’s right for them or not.
-Know your qualifications. While you don’t have to have a teaching degree to homeschool, you should obviously have good reading and writing skills. If you’re like me and have forgotten all of your High School Algebra, you can always go get books and reteach yourself before you teach the kids! You are going to TEACH your children, make sure you are a teacher you would want your kids to have!
-Space. Do you have enough space? My husband’s family had the coolest homeschool set up in their house that I got to see when I visited his childhood home. He and each of his siblings had their own work space with plenty of room for all of their daily activities.
-Be on the same page. Do both spouses agree that homeschooling is the best option for their children? This is a must. If once spouse is on board and the other is not there are bound to be issues and road blocks ahead.
-Your students. How do your kids feel about homeschooling? Be sure to take their concerns and questions about it seriously.
-Money. Homeschooling does not have to be expensive as you can become a member of the library, borrow books, take advantage of online resources, and do a great deal of other things to keep the cost down. You should, however, make sure that you have enough money to buy curriculum and all the other supplies you are going to need.
-Your “me” time. If you homeschool, you’re going to be around your kids a lot more than you would if they were enrolled in a school elsewhere. There are a lot of pros to this, especially because we love our kids so much and love spending time with them. Remember though, that this will cut into “me” time and you need to make sure you’re willing to cut back on time you have for yourself.
-Socialization. If you are planning on homeschooling your children, make sure you have thought of many outlets that your kids can have outside of homeschool. There are lots of groups that you can link up with so your children can make lots of friends. My husband’s parents made sure to sign their children up for lots of sports and other activities. They went to summer camps, tried baseball and gymnastics, and got together with other homeschool groups to go to parties and get togethers.
I honestly am very unbiased when it comes to homeschooling. I know many people are very for it and others are very against it. It seems to be a very heated topic. I believe I am so unbiased because I was not homeschooled and my husband was. I see how even though we both were taught different ways, we turned out very much the same. We both learned the same things and we both loved school. Only I went and had different teachers at a public school each year and my husband was taught by his parents. I really believe that you do what is best for your child with the hand you’ve been dealt. For some, homeschooling is the answer- and I think that’s fabulous. Others feel their kids are better suited being enrolled in a public or private school, and that’s equally great.
I hope that the things I addressed got those of you who are thinking of homeschooling or not thinking about different topics. Maybe it will spark a conversation between you and your spouse and maybe it helped sway you one way or another. The most important thing is that you educate yourself on your options and do what is best for you, your kids, and your family.