I figure I would use all this school excitement to share with you all our decision about homeschooling. We are about 80% sure we will begin homeschooling next fall. I leave that 20% because it's a year away and we don't know what life will throw us in that time. Our plan is not always God's plan.
I will share some of the bullet points as to why we are making this choice for our family.
- We want to give our children a strong Catholic foundation. Assuming there will always be a great Catholic school wherever we may live (which will not always be likely) Catholic school gets expensive.
- We would only have to combat with one schedule. Chris's schedule dictates most of our plans. If we use a school institution we would have to adhere to school schedule also. So if Chris is granted leave and it doesn't line up with spring break, summer break, or Christmas break it will not matter. The kids will be home and we can choose to take a break while Chris has a break also.
- Statics show show that on average homeschooled children are in about the 85 percentile in all subjects. Meaning on average they have a better understanding of the material than 85% of their peers.
- The kids can learn the way they are designed to learn. I think homeschoolers do so well because they have learned how to learn in a way that is best for them. Basically, a homeschooler can more easily discover their strengths and develop those strengths to learn. If they are an auditory learner then we will incorperate more listening. If they are a visual learner we will add more visual aids. I know MANY wonderful teacher who passionately want to help each of their students to develop their skill so they can successed, but in the end they are overworked with 20+ other students to focus on.
- We do NOT like the common core curriculum. If we homeschool we get to choose the curriculum.
- Socialization. Most people's question to me about possibly homeschooling is "what about socialization?" My kids are social. They make friends. We will continue to put them in activities like t-ball, dance, and CCD. We will find a homeschooling group in our area to join. It is often overlooked that there are negative sides of socialization like bullying, drugs, sex, and school shootings. Some may feel it's sheltering them, but I think it's protecting them. Chris and I are fully capable of exposing them to the world and without throwing them into the deep end...sink or swim.
- Lifestyle. I have read many blogs, and I have listened to first hand experiences of people who have been or are currently homeschooling. I want a home environment that homeschooling offers. Prayer and housework will be part of our school day. Our older children will be teaching our younger children because they will be sitting at the same table. We will attend daily Mass (my goal is once a week). The list goes on and on.
- Firsts. You know this just dawned on me a few days ago, but I was/am so excited to watch each of our babies achieve each of their milestones like smiling, sitting up, crawling, walking, talking, clapping, ect. Well, I still want to be apart of that. The first time they read, add, subtract, write, think critically, research paper, scientific predictions, experiments, ect. I still want to be apart of all of these firsts rather than hearing about them.