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I don't follow the traditional homeschool routine as I'm doing an online cyber charter school with my children, but I had noticed that among my friends who only have 2 or 3 little ones, they seemed to look at me as if I was crazy for even considering the thought. Now that we are actually doing it, they really have distanced themselves.
Anyways, we started schooling at home when our local district became increasingly insensitive with the children, & more so, our family size. I was constantly met at the office, if I needed to pick up the children for an appointment or such, with "oh it's the 'Strouse family.... you know, the one with the bunch of kids.... Oh Mrs. Strouse, which one are you here to pick up this time?" It was so aggravating!! I also noticed the children's grades started falling & even other classmates felt the need to criticize them because of their family size. It seems pathetic, but it really appeared to my husband & I that the children were getting cheated out of the education they definitely deserved because they had siblings.
Since schooling at home seems very much accepted here, which is a very fabulous thing, I had wanted to ask the other parents out there what their reasons are for homeschooling??
my guess would be that their answer would be similar to yours. i was considering homeschooling my 6 y/o grandson and one day i may do that. my reasons were first, i wanted him to learn our values and second he is extremely hyperactive and impulsive. after working in the public school system for many years, i know that certain kids get labeled and treated with disdain because of this. also one other concern that was very important to me was how well his particular school did on testings. i am not a fan of state tests every year or 'teaching to the test', but i do like a report card on the level of excellence of his school. we have been so blessed to have had two wonderful teachers to start of his academic years and his school is the highest-scoring in our city. he is doing fine at this time so its a wait and see thing.
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The school and the kids in it criticize you for having a large family? Then your friends distanced themselves from you because you chose to home school? Wow. That's crazy.
I don't home school and don't plan on it. One of mine is out of school for this semester so he is kinda homeschooled a bit, but not anything that is structured, and he WILL be going back to school next year.
To each their own, however.
Jenifer....The Queen Bee
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My kids are still preschool aged, and we do work at home but they also attend a private preschool at our church. I love the idea and benefits of home schooling but don't necessarily trust my ability to keep up with the curriculum, so right now, we're leaning towards public school in 2 years when our oldest is ready. But, I do have some serious concerns about the teaching-to-the-test mentality at many schools now so I might change my mind later. For now our plan is enrichment at home and public school for basic curriculum, but I really admire the home schooling moms for many reasons, not the least of which just being disciplined enough to do it consistently!
I'm sorry you're feeling so ostracized by your friends, school and community. I hope you find a warm and supportive place here.
I did it because of finacial cuts to the school. The school going to 4 day weeks and making the hours at school during those 4 days a lot longer. Basically my kids would get on the bus at 7 and not get home till after 4. Originaly it was just going to be my 11 year old cause he is ADD, and school days (on a good day) were to long for him. Then my Dd wanted to be done and I wasn't sure about my very young 5 year old being ready, so I figured with him to give it a shot and if we had to keep him behind it wouldn't be a big deal.
I actually like our school district and we weren't the largest family there. There was one there with 14, one with 10 or 11, so my 8 wasn't to bad.
We did just because it was the logical extension of me staying home with #1. None of mine have been in daycare, preschool or school.although #1 did start community college her sophomore year of highschool. We just liked being with them. We figured we could do just as well as any other elementary teacher. And we don't like to get up early.
I started because we live in a very bad and dangerous neighborhood and the schools are rated the lowest in the state. We couldn't afford private school, and then after looking further into our options, we found that home education just fit our family, our lifestyle, and our general educational philosophy.