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Well, there is a debate going on about homeschooling over on the debate boards. So far, it has been kept at a respectful level. I gave my 2 cents worth. All I could add were my own experiences with homeschooling and attending a private school. I think there are definitely pros and cons to both. I think that homeschooling can be an awesome experience (but this falls mainly on the parent to make it happen..am I wrong?). I personally think my mom and dad could have been more involved with a homeschoolers groups, etc but they were so paranoid back in the 80's lol about "being caught". In fact, to this day..my mother still tells me to tell people that I will be sending my daughter to a private school because she thinks that I will get in trouble for homeschooling her lol. Ahhh..mothers...what to do lol. I know alot of people get into the whole socialization part of it but I think that can be taken care of with support groups, church groups, planned field trips, dance classes, martial arts...etc.
Anyway, I just had to put my 2 cents in over here as well lol...I am looking forward to homeschooling my daughter this year. I'm actually excited about it! Go Me!!! lol
Well there are pros and cons to everything. What I find annoying about the "anti-homeschool" people is that they look for something that COULD go wrong in homeschooling, yet they dont look at the cons in public/private school. I think the biggest con with homeschooling is that you have to put more work into it. You have to work harder with your childs education and to get them socialized. And you dont have enough time for yourself.
I think it has a lot to do with weighing what is more important to you. Not everyone should homeschool... and likewise, not everyone should send their child to public/private school.
This is offtopic, but Niamh, the names you have chosen for your future son or daughter are really pretty. What does the girl name mean? And what does the middle name for the boy mean? I love "not the norm" names and I've been thinking of possiblities for any future kids we might have. If we have another girl someday...I like the names Arwen Noel or Trinity Grace. For a boy, I love Creed or Gage..but DH doesnt like either lol...anyway..sorry off topic..just thought I'd ask.
"This is offtopic, but Niamh, the names you have chosen for your future son or daughter are really pretty. "
"What does the girl name mean?"
Rhiannon is a Welsh goddess and my matron goddess (I'm polytheistic). Not to mention its also a kick-a** Stevie Nicks song, lol. Siobhan "sha-vawn" is Irish and is the feminine form of Sean (which happens to be the Celtic form of John).
"And what does the middle name for the boy mean?"
Seamus "shay-mus" is the Celtic form of James (which was the name of my best friend who died in 2004). Padraig is the Celtic form of Patrick. It's pronounced just like Patrick, and also like "paw-drig" (we'll pronounce it like Patrick though). Scott is my maiden name.
I love the name Arwen! Its a beautiful Welsh name. Obviously I'm a big fan of Celtic names, lol.
I just checked back here (yesterday was very hectic!) lol...anyway..first off Niamh...absolutely love you and your kids names. I love anything Irish and Celtic! You have given me some more ideas for names...lol..hope you don't mind.
And it is great to see you ladies over there on the debate board. I am so glad there are experienced, seasoned veterans of homeschooling dispelling the myths that are being brought up. You go girls!!