This is something I've been thinking about a LOT lately. Not because I think my children are in a horrible school, not really for anything I've found lacking in their current place of education. Just for a lot of little reasons, and the thought that maybe,
I could nurture their creativity and help them discover what they love to do. And instead of squashing that desire and snuffing that tiny spark of interest, I could fan the flame and encourage them to be what they WANT to be.
I don't want my children to be told they CAN'T take a particular subject or elective in school for any reason. Learning should be something they ENJOY, not something they're FORCED to do. I don't know if this makes any sense. Maybe this video will explain it better than I can. I cry every time I watch it, but of course I'm a bit of a sobby girl....just don't say I didn't warn you.
Pros of homeschooling:
Involvement in our childrens' educations
Individual attention for each child
No "homework" (since all schoolwork would be done at home)
Shorter school day
School would be conducted on OUR schedule
The kids wouldn't spend an hour-and-a-half on the bus each day
No parent/teacher conferences (as much as we love those)
No forgotten notes/permission slips/book orders
Allowing the kids to help determine the curriculum
Making learning FUN
Cons of homeschooling:
Small apartment and all four kids would be home ALL day (unless we were on a field trip)
What if I'm not a good teacher?
Cost of materials?
Hard to start something new/develop new routines
Missing out on the "first day of school" and "first school bus ride" photos for Jack & Jacob's albums
Really, I think the pros by far outweigh the cons. What do you think? Any homeschooling tips or advice?