It is true. I am a homeschooling mama. I also think that homeschooling gets a bad reputation thanks to reality tv and those who homeschool for the wrong reasons or are just a bad representation to the concept. Yes, there are some weird homeschooled families (and yes I know my family is weird, but we aren’t weird in a bad way), but those are the kind that the media likes to exploit. Yes, I did know a few homeschooling families growing up that were the anti-social, kinda strange folk, but we really are not all that way. Some of us are kinda normal. Our reasoning for homeschool varies. Honestly, I never thought I would be a homeschooling mama. I entertained the notion for a while when Bubby was little, but I changed my mind because I thought that our personalities clashed way too much. I did send him to kindergarten. It did not work out for a good number of reasons. I think one of the biggest is that shortly after school started, my husband changed careers. He went from being a retail store manager to a field geologist. He went from being home at night to being gone for a month (sometimes more, sometimes less) at a time. Our whole family dynamic changed. Almost two years later, we are still working on that. It has not been easy, but we are working on it.
Anyways, I started homeschooling my son after Thanksgiving break. He has loved it. It is a little stressful for me, but one of the advantages is that when my husband is home, they get more quality time together. Because of homeschooling, I get asked a lot of questions. The two biggest ones are: How do your children get socialization? and Are you sure you are spending enough time on their schooling? I understand why people ask. In case you have ever wondered, this is what I do.
As for the socialization, there are co-ops for homeschoolers where they get together and do activities together. It is a lot of fun for the kids, and there are some great learning opportunities as well. My children are both involved in dance, yes even my son. He loves it, and well eventually he would like to play football and seeing as how he sometimes lacks coordination, dance may come in handy for him down the road. They are also involved in other groups in our church and community. Last year, we had so many activities that I had to cut back a little bit because I was just exhausted from running around every afternoon and evening. This year, both kids are going to participate in the after school program at the daycare and preschool that they have attended in the past. They went there this summer for the summer program and loved it. Socialization has been an important aspect for me, especially with Bubby. Bubby has in the past had a tendency to be on the anti-social side, and it hasn’t been for a lack of trying. I was very active in playgroups when he was younger. In the last six months or so, I have been noticing a big change in him. He has been making more friends and likes being involved in activities. So, I think that they are pretty good in the social aspect.
As for the time it takes us every day to complete our lessons, well that varies. However, it is not as long as one might think. Part of this is because I only have two children to teach. I don’t have an entire classroom. It is easier to get through things. I am sure it will be a little longer this year because this is the first year that I will be teaching two. Sissy went to preschool last year. I am excited and nervous about it, but I think it will be fine.
I have been asked whether or not we will homeschool through high school. Honestly, I don’t know. I think a lot depends on the kids, me, my husband, his job, where we live…you know life stuff.
I know a lot of homeschooling families. They all homeschool for various reasons. I have known some in the past that add to the bad reputation that homeschooling gets, but many of us are actually on the normal side. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.