Home school or public elementary school?

Ashley - posted on 01/18/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have been in limbo lately about whether or not i want to home school my daughter. i am a stay at home mom and i have a 7 month old and a 2 yr old. My oldest whom is 4 yrs old right now will be 5 in July. So i know for a fact I dont have much time to make a decision. I am looking for any testimonials and opinions on which worked best for any of you. If you could home school would you? if not why?

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Ashley - posted on 01/20/2016

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Like i said this was just for peoples opinions I am certainly not asking people to tell me what I "should" do. Yes it is up to me entirely whether to home school or not. a lot of people discourage it and thats pretty sad. Especially when one discourages something that they havent even tried for themselves We travel a lot and will be going to mexico soon to learn about history that only most children see in books. So i am only going to try it for the year to see how it works out. As far as protection for my child that was one of my reasons for choosing but not the main reason and obviously I know no matter what we do as parents the choice is ultimately up to my children when they get older to make a good decision or to not.

Dove - posted on 01/20/2016

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To home school or not is absolutely your choice.

My kids were not always this age though... they started out being little just like yours are now. Home schooling for one year will really not make a difference as far as 'protecting' them from outside influences such as drugs and sex. Home school or public school is not the main factor in 'protecting' them from that anyway... parenting and raising them to know and understand the facts does that (to a point at least).

And no... patience doesn't just automatically come when you need it. Man, that would be nice. lol

Ashley - posted on 01/20/2016

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I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion. My children do socialize and i plan on getting my daughter into ballet something they both want to do. I do have my own car and they do get to go out and play and socialize with other children.

Ev - posted on 01/20/2016

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" I actually found a online public schooling system out here in Washington where the collaborate with the state and so everything will be sent to my home for free. Since its a public school that is online based and i can make my own hours i can chose whether my child will be full time or part time and all i need to pay for is internet."--- I am glad you found something that might work out for you. But you also need to think beyond the schooling part as well. What about socializing? What about activities with other home school kids to get to learn outside home? What about other things to do? Have you thought of those things? There is more to home schooling that you need to think about. Kids need socialization as well as the education. They also need other activities to do too. "
We liike to travel and my daughter can speak with a teacher or educator one on one and not have all the business and distractions of other students. When i went to public schooling there were always so many kids that i could never really understand the subject i was asking about because there was just way too many kids for my teacher to focus on all at one time."---While there might be less kids to deal with and the chance for one to one over the internet with a teacher to answer questions and tutor, what about the distraction of the siblings? What do you plan to do with them while she is doing school work? You would have to keep them busy so she can do it. "
Plus at home its less likely my child will be influenced to do drugs or have sex or want to go to parties."---This is not a guarentee that she won't get into drugs or have sex. When she gets older and starts to hang out with other kids her age there will be influences there to do those things. It will be your teachings to her as she grows up that might counter those influences. You can not depend on home schooling to keep her from it nor can you keep her totally at home and not allowed to socialize. I know a group of five kids that are home schooled. They never get out much to mix with kids their ages other than church. They barely get to do extra activities with other home school kids or just do them because they have the chance. The older ones do not know how to handle certain social situations because of being so isolated at home all the time. Once the older ones can get out on their own they are not going to know what they are doing.
"Being inn home schooling my daughter will have the freedom to acutally explore what she wants to be in real life environments. While other children are in school right now i could take my daughter to a hospital and show her doctors and nurses (she said she wants to be a doctor)"---She still has to go to college for being a doc or nurse. But just because kids are in public school all day does not mean they do not get chances to explore things that they may want to do when they grow up. My friend's daughter has taken all college prep and high school level science classes pertaining to animal sciences and will go on in college to become a biologist or something of that kind. She wants to work with animals. As for others, college classes sometimes do incorporate internships with companies where they do get on job experience before they get to the work world. So they don't always come out without experience like teachers for example do student teaching for a semester or two where I live. Doctors do internship in their chosen specialty. That gives them job experience. Not all degrees offer it but some require it for graduation.
" I wont have cps at my door asking me why my kid isnt in school." --You should not have a problem with CPS if you follow the state laws and get registered for home schooling in the district and follow the procedures to do so.

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Ashley - posted on 01/20/2016

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Shawnn: I actually found a online public schooling system out here in Washington where the collaborate with the state and so everything will be sent to my home for free. Since its a public school that is online based and i can make my own hours i can chose whether my child will be full time or part time and all i need to pay for is internet. I think this is the best. We liike to travel and my daughter can speak with a teacher or educator one on one and not have all the business and distractions of other students. When i went to public schooling there were always so many kids that i could never really understand the subject i was asking about because there was just way too many kids for my teacher to focus on all at one time. Plus at home its less likely my child will be influenced to do drugs or have sex or want to go to parties. I guess everyone has their reasons. Even with college we spend all these years in school only to get out and have no work experience. Being inn home schooling my daughter will have the freedom to acutally explore what she wants to be in real life environments. While other children are in school right now i could take my daughter to a hospital and show her doctors and nurses (she said she wants to be a doctor) I wont have cps at my door asking me why my kid isnt in school.

Ashley - posted on 01/20/2016

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Dove: I dont intend on home schooling my kids for many years just one and im a stay at home mom so my kids are with me 24/7 already. I dont have a lot of patience but i know it will come as i need it. Your children are older so i can imagine not wanting to home school them.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/18/2016

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First, you have to consider whether or not you will be able to find a homeschool curriculum that will be accepted by the state where you live.
Second, you need to determine if you have the patience to not only be a mom, but switch roles to being a teacher. Yes, they are two different roles, and need to be filled equally, but separately if you are homeschooling.
Third, you need to determine whether or not your child would benefit from homeschool over a public/private school that has a different social environment.

Your best option is to speak with other home schooling parents in your area. They will be able to tell you if the first consideration is even an option, and then give you some advice/tips on whether or not it would be for you.

For me? I don't have the patience to be a mom and school teacher at the same time. My kids always benefited much more from the public school aspect.

Dove - posted on 01/18/2016

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All of my kids (14, 14, and almost 8) have always gone to public school. I would never home school for a variety of reasons.... two of which are that my kids listen to their teachers better than they do for me and I do not have the patience to have them home w/ me all day, every day for years on end...lol

My daughters did excellent in elementary school and I have zero regrets. I know they would NOW like to be home schooled, but that's mainly cuz their best friend is and they would prefer surfing half the day to being stuck w/ a bunch of other kids at school. ;)

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