Author Topic: Home Schooling  (Read 34789 times)

KES

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Re: Home Schooling
« Reply #100 on: October 27, 2014, 02:42:04 PM »
Sorry, I haven't figured out the whole quote thing yet.

Druid: You make awesome points, and you're probably right, it might be better to pull her out of middle school than elementary school. There are so many cool things we could do then with her any way. Although, we have two younger children as well and are thinking about a 4th.

mxt0133: She's not being challenged in that she's reading fluently (in two languages, I might add), and brings home worksheets with the assignment to "find the letter F." Also, at home she's working on adding and subtracting (can multiply and divide on the abacus, not in her head yet), and is bringing home worksheets asking her to list "what number comes before 8". You are right in that it doesn't necessarily do anyone any good to start cramming stuff into them early. We've just been taking our cues from her and if she's interested in learning something, we help her out. Math has just been interesting to her since age three. My husband is from Eastern Europe and they don't start until 7 there, too. I've looked into the unschooling a bit, and in general have been approaching my time with her at home after and before school like that.

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Re: Home Schooling
« Reply #101 on: October 27, 2014, 03:23:53 PM »
KES: In that case then yes academically your child will be bored out of her mind if he is way ahead of her class.  You can cultivate her academic curiosity outside of school, and when the time comes have her skip to a grade level where she is being challenged, but then that might introduce issues not related to academics like social and maturity issues, if she is significantly younger than her peers.

I think in your situation, homeschooling might be an option for your child.  Something I will leave you with, there are successful and unsuccessful kids that come out of public, private, and home schooled backgrounds.  The take away is by having parents that are involved and sensitive to each child's education needs then they should reach their academic potential.  Take into account what would be best for the whole family and not just the child. If ER is important to your family then sacrificing potential income to be a stay at home parent to homeschool could cause potential resentment, unreasonable expectations, or unintended pressure on the child.


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Re: Home Schooling
« Reply #102 on: October 28, 2014, 12:33:18 PM »
@KES - Whether to homeschool is a personal decision--Druid's response is spot-on.  In my opinion (for what that's worth), unless your family will be severely financially strained by your staying home, finances shouldn't be a major factor in your decision whether to homeschool.

And if they *are* a factor, keep in mind that your second income likely won't be nearly as profitable as you'd like it to be--taxes and childcare will take a fairly big chunk out of what you're earning.