The topic of homeschooling can be a really controversial one. There are those who honestly believe it is a bunch of bologna, and all people do is sit on their butt all day and let their children run wild. There are others who think that it is the only way to go, and start homeschooling their children from the very beginning. The truth for me, lies somewhere in between the two extremes. I started homeschooling out of necessity for my 11 year old who is dyslexic and could not get the individualized one-on-one help that he needed in the public school system, but it has now become something more.
On Friday of last week, I thought I had three boys that would be going to public school. On Friday we attended an orientation at the elementary school, on the way home, Jayden let me know that he wanted to be homeschooled because “I think it would help me learn better.” Jayden has ADHD, and his behavior has caused him to be held back in the past and to get less than stellar grades. So, after some discussion about how homeschool is not a play pass, and showing him the work he would need to do, I withdrew him from the public school system.
Then, on Monday, I sent my youngest off to his first day of 2nd grade. When he came back that afternoon, he swore up and down that he wanted to be homeschooled. This is where the decision got tough. I wanted to do what was best for him. With the other two, I knew that homeschool clearly benefited them, but Jase made all A’s in public school and had great behavior, I didn’t want to take him away and possibly mess that up. We talked about it for a long time, several times in fact. We went over the curriculum, and still I agonized over whether it was good for him. In the end, I lined up my chosen curriculum with the Sunshine State Standards and realized that as long as we completed the work, he would not be behind the other kids should he choose to return next year.
So, just like that, I went from a homeschooling mom of one to a homeschooling mom of three. It is going to take some adjustment, hence the slow down in posts the last few days, but I am excited about the chance to be with my boys more, and watch the excitement as they enjoy learning new things. Homeschooling is a very personal choice that needs to be made by each family, and even from child to child. In the end, I believe it is a great choice for most of my children, and am happy with my decision.