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locket08

Decision to Homeschool

I am a young mom who is thinking about homeschooling. My son will be two soon and I know it is a little too earlthink about school but how will I know if it is the right thing to do? I wanted to be a teacher for years but decided against it, what are some of the skills that I will need or the time restraints. Will one of us need to be a stay at home parent? Can anyone give me some advice?



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M.J.O
Everyone's situation is different. To me, the first thing to consider is the social implications of homeschooling. I think kids do need interaction and exposure to others. Another thing to think of is the patience and commitment required by the parent and the child. My daughter homeschooled during her 6th grade year because of her anxiety in school. There are programs that support families doing homeschool, in my daughters case, most of her classes were online. But some programs require a parent at the childs side or a hired in home teacher. I recommend looking into some of the local support programs near you and comparing that to another good option such a private schools, or virtual classrooms. There are many options and alternatives to the traditional classroom.
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mayamay
Although you could do your homeschooling during family-time, unless you are unschooling I think it would be detrimental to the family. Also, if you participate in group home-schooling activities, they are generally scheduled during the traditional school day. If you just can't make the life-style changes to get by on a single income, I think it would be best to send your child to conventional school.
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Pearl333
I love the idea of home schooling. I really want to homeschool my daughters in the future if possible but it's a big commitment. The standards of public school have been raised quite a bit. The responsibility is enormouse. You can do it but you just have to be aware. In kindergarten alone kids learn how to write sentences with proper structure, punctuation, using nouns, verbs, and adverbs. Kindergarten students learn to read short non repetitive dioaloge books and basic addition and subtraction problems. It only gets more complicated as you move up the ladder. Not to mention the deep importance for some social time. If they don't get that they will never learn how to properly interact with others. Family doesn't count either they need to learn how to make a friend with someone new. Homeschool can be great and you can cactor to your child just be proactive about educating yourself as well.
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lovelife240
i wish i would have home schooled my 17 year old son whom has adhd he had alot of trouble in public school.
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McCuen
You can very well home educate and work. Other parents have done it very successfully. I will say that personally, I can't, but I'm home educating 3 plus a baby right now. I can't even begin to imagine trying to add a full time job. You can look into online or correspondence schools like K-12 or Ace, (there are others)... you can join a simple online program like time4learning.com. Personally, we use time4learning to supplement and get our hours in. You can leave assignments for the child to complete while at the sitters house and you can teach and go over it during your time at home. You can hire tutors, but check your state laws, too. I think it also depends on your state laws. If the laws are flexible, then it might be easier because you can do 2-3 longer days out of the week and shorter days the rest of the time. My suggestion for step one?? Search your state and homeschooling laws. Look at other websites from other HSers in your state, too.
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littlekingdomch...
Home schooling is a very good option for children as children learn a lot more as compared to the public schools. They learn to interact better with everyone and even those children who have any difficulty are ealt with accordingly to cater to their needs.
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TeacherParent
Someone will need to be home with your son or your son may join a group of homeschoolers. Would you be comfortable allowing a 5 or 6 year old to be home alone all day? Real homeschooling takes time and effort on a parent's part as well as on the child's part. If you punch 'homeschooling' and the name of your community into Google, you'll likely find how to contact the homeschooling families in your community - they would likely be your nearest and best source of information on homeschooling.