Hey ya'll. I wanted to talk with you all today about Homeschooling. For a while now, I've been wondering if it is something that we should do in our family. Now, before we start this let me tell you that 10 years ago, when I was finishing my student teaching to be a Exceptional Education Teacher, I would have told you that I would NEVER homeschool my children.....for all the stereotypical reasons.....they needed socialization --yada,yada,yada...... While I still believe my kids need to be socialized in order to be able to live in the world, I believe that homeschooling has changed a LOT in 10 years. I believe that there are many many ways to be involved with homeschool organizations so your children get the socialization they need. Plus, let's just get read for a second and admit that my kids? They are with lots of people and other kids all the time -- I mean, the hubs is a pastor -- we are at church twice a week. (if not more.)
You might wonder what has made me even think about homeschooling. Well, I would love for my kids to learn history (as well as everything else) from a christian perspective for one thing. And while I would love to send them to a christian school -- that isn't an option for me. I cannot afford it.
Secondly, it has really struck me lately how much time my kid are away from me during the day, with teachers that I don't know if they are Christians or not. Being from the south, I can guess they probably are -- but I just don't know for sure. And then when the girls do come home from school, I feel like all I do is bark orders....Homework!Homework!Homework!, Supper!Supper!Supper!, Bath!Bath!Bath!, Bed!Bed!Bed!.....I feel like I rarely get to have real conversations with them, because mornings are the same thing filled with words of rushing around for school time.
Thirdly, I love the thought of being able to go on a trip with my family whenever we choose and no on the school systems calendar.....lame but true.
Fourth, I feel like my oldest child isn't being challenged enough in her class. And as a former teacher, I know her teacher doesn't have time to give her the extra stuff she needs. I feel like she could work faster and be ahead of her classmates in some areas.... I know that sounds conceited in some ways, but really A comes home with 100's on everything and I just don't that she is being challenged enough if she can make 100 on everything--just my opinion.
God does keep bringing this issue up in my heart. I am not sure that this IS what he is calling me to do but it just keeps coming up. My husband, however, isn't really in agreement with me. And I do believe that if God wanted us to homeschool, he'd make my husband be in agreement with me.....don't' you?
There are arguments against doing it too......
One - I'd have no time for myself any more.....
Two - I have anxiety/stress issues and wouldn't this just make it worse?
among other small things like this.......
SO -- I'm still praying about this and I am asking that you'll pray for us, too in making this decision. But, I'm also looking into it at the same time.
So - here is what I need to know.....If we decide that we are going to homeschool, how do we go about getting started? How does it work? How do I prove that my child is making progress? AND do I have curriculum goals for each year as the state sets for each grade level each year? For example -- My daughter is in 2nd grade -- is there going to be list of things that she is going to have to know by the end of the year in order for her to pass on to 3rd grade -- per se?
You can tell I have NO idea what the deal is -- so can ya'll help me out?
Give me some advice -- lead me in the right direction?
in other words, HELP!!!!
have a great Monday --- I have 6 (yes 6) dr. appts this week between the 4 kids and myself, soccer, dance, meetings, and a zillion and one other things to do. Not to mention that my laundry pile is insurmountable right now......I'm gonna try and make it back asap, but it might take a while.
Talk to ya'll soon and can't wait to hear the great advice I know you'll have for me!!
in HIM -