Sharon - posted on 07/03/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
So here is the thing, I work part time and very limited hours. I choose to work right now, we don't need it hubby has a very good job. My oldest wont start preschool till 2013, as I'm sure is the same for most of us. Grandma watches the kids my 3 and my 1 year old so I don't really need daycare, though social interaction never hurt a child. I'm just debating with my self should I put my 3 yr old in a part time day care this year to see how he does? Wait till he startes preschool? Or since we are interested in home schooling, should I just wait till he can start kindergarten and see if I can handle homeschooling with 2 little ones? There is a part day charter school in our area that supports homeschool and inschool learning and have split scheduling to accomidate parents that want homeschooling, with more socail activitys avalible to them, or parents can elect to have their childern in acedimics only with is only like 3 hours a day. From what I understand some of the students attend full day schedules, were as other only take 2-6 hours a week at the school. BUT if we decide to go with something like this should I put him in preschool next year or not.
My fear is honestly: The negative social interactions in school. Yes I know every child needs social interaction and I'm not going to disagree with that in anyways. I just feel that public school setting allow for a far to open and uncontroled social atmophere than what childern need. We are supose to be directing our childern into the proper ways they should behave in sociaty, and I feel that a public school yard leaves far to many social issues undirected resulting in SOME (not all) childern to lack an understanding of proper social behaviors later in life. Childern should not be coming home from school demonstrating the bad words or actions that other child has learned from home. Though there is nothing that says thoughs 2 same childern shouldn't play together or can't learn a get deal of good from each other, but situation that allows them to learn that much negative from thier peir group is NOT a good situation in teaching them to be good persons.
Also a second FEAR: School time is NOT condusive to learning. Studies have prove in an hour long class there only about 20-30 minutes of acctually learning, this after getting everyone in the class, in thier seats role call, papers handed out, the leason the expliantion of the leason, time to clean up, and time to dismiss. I have and aunt and a friend that both agree (both homeschooled thier kids) you can get twice as much into a child one on one in half the time the schools can. Figure 2 days worth of learning in 3 hours. Most kids are focused on play not work, and many aren't learning the skills they need just what the teacher can fit in to 30minutes a leason.
If you had the option, would you consider homeschool over public school? and IF I do decide homeschool is the better option for us do you thin I should avoid public school untill after we've had our shot at home school, or would preschool still be a good tool for us?