“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  — Proverbs 22:6

 

Close to You… When people wonder why we chose to homeschool, I think of this photo, showing our youngest son reading aloud to his dad, in his jammies. You can’t get much “closer” than using your father for an easy chair during language arts.    

 

 

 

 

A Year in Reflection… Each year, we sit down and re-evaluate our schooling decisions for the following year, with our youngest son. For part of this year, our son wanted to try public school, so this was a good reflection for us as a family. The other day, I asked him to list the “pros” and “cons” of public school and homeschool. Here is what he said: 

 

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Public School 

Pros:

  • I get to be with other kids.
  • I can participate in certain activities that I can’t at home (band, some sports).
  • I liked some “specials:” gym, art, library (but not music).

Cons:

  • I don’t get to be home.
  • I have to get up early to get to the bus.
  • I don’t get to read what I want and as much as I want.
  • The work is too easy.
  • The teacher didn’t give me the kind of help I needed.
  • Behavior sheets make me feel like a baby.

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Homeschool

Pros:

  • I get to be home.
  • Papi is there to help me.
  • I can do more computer research.
  • I can pick my own books to study.
  • I get to sleep in!
  • Everything was interesting.
  • No behavior sheets!
  • We can change our schedule so we can go to the beach or have a day off.

Cons:

  • I don’t get to be with other kids.
  • One adult needs to be home (mom added this – a practical, logistical concern when both parents need to work).
  • It’s extra work for mom and dad (mom added this, too – we don’t mind, as long as our son enjoys it).
  • There’s always the same teachers (again, a mom addition, but my son quickly shot back — “But I LIKE that!”)

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We added town sports this spring (baseball, and swimming lessons will commence this summer), and Malik made many new friends. I also joined a Homeschooling Network in our area, EasternCTHomeschoolers (a private Yahoo group) that looks like it will be a big help to us. Because our son really wants to be in marching band and other group activities, we are working with the school district to develop a schedule for him to participate in some of these activities, leaving the core subjects for homeschool.

I love being close…

 

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