So after starting to question myself about wanting to home-school the kiddos for most of elementary, I was able to really see the importance of it to me.
The main reasons I hope to home-school our kidlets:
1) There are so many activities I would like them to be involved in. I would like them to be in girl/boy scouts. I think it is important for them to be in martial arts - I think it is a great confidence builder.
I want them to take music lessons - whatever instrument they chose, or multiple if they want, but music is very important, especially in developing math skills. And I would also like them to be involved in an activity of their choice: dance, soccer, whatever they like. But that is A LOT of time away from home especially after 7 hours in a classroom. I think their time would be spent better doing these activities and having these experiences rather than spending 35 hours in a classroom. Because...
2) Out of the 7 hours a day in the classroom, maybe only 2 to 3 are the kiddos actually learning. Why? It is hard to transition 24 to 30+ students from one activity to the other.
3) Which leads to the next reason... 22 is the TX state requirement for kindergarten (even though the average kindergarten classroom has 24 students). But lets just say 22. 1 teacher to teach 22, 5 year olds? Each kid does not get one on one attention on a daily basis. And unfortunately with that many kids you just have to try and get them all performing at grade level. So the average ones and above average get skipped over.
I have nothing but respect for teachers... especially teachers of Kindergarten! My career goals are still to become an elementary school teacher; but I also don't want my kiddos not reaching their full potential because they are performing on or above average, and therefore sit bored in a classroom for 5 hours a day waiting for the other kids to catch up. And, if my kid is the one that is below average, then I can't think of anyone who would care more about catching them up and helping them learn than myself.
I also don't plan on homeschooling for the long-run. I've talked to another home-schooling mommy who says she just does it one year at a time. That seems like a great way to approach it. Although I would like to home-school through about 4th grade - really get the core subjects and basics down - homeschooling is not for ever kid - I may find that it is not working for our family once I start. I'm going to keep and open mind and see where it leads us.
|I could totally do this... !!!|