Home schooling?

Elizabeth - posted on 04/14/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I was home schooled k through 12th grade and my partner went to public school.
We have an 8 year old who is in 2 grade public school and a 3 year old who is at a private preschool.
I want to home school my 5 month old when its time for him to go but my partner isn't so sure about it.
I'm not really happy at all with the 8 year old's school......
How can I convince my partner its the right choice for us and the little ones?
Thanks

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Lisamarie - posted on 04/15/2010

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I think the best thing you could do is get as much information on the subject as you can. Go as far as writing up a couple of lesson plans, sit him down and exxplain EVERYTHING. Armed with all the info and what sort of work you are likely to do with your little one explain how much it means to you and how you feel the public system is failing(?) your other children, maybe even compare their schooling to that of a home schooled child.

My partner and I both went to public school and tbh homeschooling was never even an issue, I personally believe my children would benefit from the interaction of a school environment. I'm sure your partner is just worried about your childrens education, and rightly so, this is as decision you both need to look into more and you both need to express your wishes to eachother as best you can with out getting defensive! Oh and I find some good old statistics always help!

Good luck! :)

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I'd agree with what Lisa suggested. Find out everything you can about homeschooling and put this to your partner. At the end of the day it is a joint decision between the two of you. I can't personally comment on the situation of schools where you live but here in the UK public school are very good and studies have shown that children who are homeschooled do lag behind academically compared with those in proper schooling. Plus they are more likely to be unsociable. I personally would never want to homeschool my children because I wouldn't want that huge responsiblity on my head - and if they failed at things it would be my fault.

There's a while to go before your son hits the schooling age anyways so there's plenty of time for your partner to change his mind.

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i know here we have to go thru like a class type thing where they give us the curriculum (spelling) and then we can add in what we want them to learn and how we plan to teach it and it has to be approved before they certify us to homeschool. so basically they tell us what we need to teach and then we make the plan and have it approved. if we dont homeschool definatly private school as 2nd choice but we are strongly leaning twords homeschooling. tho we have 5 years to decide lol. well almost 4.5 but it works out good bc what i am stronger in my husbands not and what hes stronger in im not.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/16/2010

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Thanks!
Lisamarie thats some good advice, showing him what he'd actually be learning :)
And Home schooled children can have as much interaction as a public school child.
There are home school study groups, team sports, clubs etc.
Plus friends and all that.

I think I can get him to come around......
At first he was against a home birth with a midwife but guess what?
My youngest was born at home and my partner is sooo glad we did it lol

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actually schools today i know in the US are aweful. its to the point in one state they are about to bring spanking back into schools via parents request bc the kids are so out of control and at any school they sit on their cell phones online all day and learn nothing. i think homeschooled kids learn alot more. i walked in on a homeschool group wherei was waitressing as they had a class in our meeting room and the things these little kindergarten aged kids were learning i didnt even understand and they were just so smart, plus i think they have alot better of manners. but again schools here are a mess. i know how kids act here is alot worse than any other country i think. so we are definatly homeschooling our daughter as i dont want her going to a public school getting mixed up with the wierd kids who will drag her down or her learning nothing.

i would explain that they would definatly benefit from it. here when homeschooling its like a team effort. theres other parents who can teach you kid a subject your weaker in and vice versa plus they get together and the homeschooled kids go on a field trip together so they can interact.

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