A while back I told you about what I was doing with Ro to help him learn his basics. I basically have done the same with Kai. She’s turning 2 on Sunday and I’m excited to help her learn through play along with Roeybear. A couple weeks ago on my Blab show, Moms & Biz, we discussed the myths and truths / pros and cons of homeschooling and unschooling. Here’s the replay if you missed it:
So I’ve weighed the pros and cons of homeschooling.
I’m considering it super strongly for many reasons including:
- firstly, nobody’s going to care more about my children’s education than me
- the schools down here suck balls (no offense, floridians. The ratings are horrible, but I’m still looking!)
- I’m concerned with the type of people my son will be around
- I’m concerned with the way black boys are treated in schools overall, and
- the fact that Ro is a super hyperactive tazmanian devil… they’re going to try and push drugs and label my boy, I can just feel it.
- I’m concerned with how he’ll behave when bored (pre-school was boring to him)
- It will allow us to be more mobile, and free.
Plus, teaching them stuff is just a lot of fun. The moment they get it, or later tell me something they learned a while back…oh it’s just the best!
The reasons I have against it are basically selfish…but still valid:
- I will not be able to build my business as efficiently because it’ll still be 24/7 kids at home
- It will be a huge time suck that I fear may consume me and my patience sucks
- I worry I won’t be an effective teacher as they get older, I barely passed chem
- I’m going to have to deal with the judgement of my family/friends
The benefits would outweigh the negatives though…..right?
I’m still looking into it…and if I find some amazing, multiculutral school that he thrives in, we may let him stay… but…
For now, our plan is to let him try out PreK (halfdays) and K (fulldays), and if it goes well let him stay and start homeschooling him at 6 or 7. And if it goes poorly, pull him and homeschool him from there on out.
Of course this plan is loose, he may beg to try traditional school when he’s older, and if he does, I’d let him…if we could find a satisfactory place.
But deeeeeep down in the core of my belly, when I push my fears of being a sucky teacher, and push all my selfishness aside… homeschooling my children just FEELS like the right thing to do for them, for me, for us at large.
Have you considered homeschooling?