Friday, July 30, 2010

public, private, home, charter

I learned something during my almost-two-years at home. It's something that probably would not surprise homeschooling parents...

I'm darn good at teaching my kids.

And I love their daycare, I do. And I think that they have been able to teach my kids things that I couldn't, or wouldn't even know to teach. The teachers there work with me like a team. And the social aspects are something I really really like, seeing as I am rather anti-social.

But in some respects, I think their return to school (in marmallow's case, her maiden voyage into daycare) has undone some of the work I did. Particularly with lil' b.

When he was home with me, I ran our play time as an education always happening. He had structured learning, of course, but every moment was a chance to learn, to look up, and to look around. To participate in the world instead of just being told about it. Under my tutelage, he learned his letters, how to write his name, how to count and recognize numbers... and then he went to daycare and relearned those things, making these last few months a waste as far as book-smarts go.

My parents are very interested in having me homeschool my children. I worry about prejudices towards them, though, and honestly that's my biggest concern. I know there are ways to get involved in social activities and sports. And so I continue to think about private or charter schools as an option, which seem to lift a child out of the homeschool stereotype without dragging him down to the lowest common denominator. That balance comes with a hefty price tag, though.

For those whose children are in formal schooling, how do you keep the education growing outside the school walls? How do you combat the issues that crop up outside the sanctuary of home? For those that homeschool, how do you deal with judgmental parents and peers? What other issues do you worry about?

1 comment:

Wanderingsue said...

We'll be home schooling, though Henry's not quite 2 yet, and the next one's not ready to be announced. (When does that stop me? Hooray, pregnant!)
We're just South of London, and I'm thrilled by the community I've found so far- Home Ed is growing so quickly! My husband's a little concerned about the friendships Henry'll miss out on- old school pals are wonderful, but he'll have plenty of close friends (and of greater range of ages, backgrounds, beliefs, etc, which I think is a wonderful thing!) through the many many activities that are going on in the Home Ed community.
Have a browse around- there's probably so much more than you're aware of. I found some through my local education board- emailed requesting information or contact details for people. Also Yahoo groups. Ask around, and good luck!