Saturday, 19 February 2011
This fall I will be embarking on an entirely new adventure. A journey really, since it will last for more than a decade.
I've decided to homeschool my eldest child who will be turning five this May.
There were a myriad of reasons behind this decision. Some of them personal and based on my own past experiences with public school, some of them religious and then some of them based on the fact that Texas (we moved to the DFW area of TX in Aug 2009) seems to score below the national averages in every subject in standardized testing. At least that is what I found on a few websites a month or two ago.
I was quite surprised. I also admit that I have absolutely no clue how Texas rates compared to other states or how many other states also perform below the national averages in every subject.
I have online friends and real life friends who are teachers. All of my online teacher friends seem to be against homeschooling. It's disheartening but I still feel like I'm making the right decision. Although I admit I'm quite nervous. It's an undertaking that I take quite seriously. I've been practicing you could say - doing home preschool. I really need to get myself more motivated to be more consistent with it. I think I need to see it as more of "the real thing" and less of "practice" to get myself to be better about it. I've always been a procrastinator (my kids are currently one hour past their bedtime) but I know that this is important and so I do expect that I will do better when it comes to Kindergarten on up. In fact, I could even blog about it to keep myself accountable.
I'd like to know if you homeschool, why you chose it? How long have you been homeschooling & what advice/suggestions could you give based on your experiences? Any curriculum you liked (and why) or even disliked (and why)? How many children do you homeschool and what ages are they?
If you have any other helpful input please share!