I say “choose” because it is a constant decision. Every few months I ask the kids if they want to go back to school next year, and I review what we’ve been doing, and the progress that they have made.
The first reason that we made the initial decision is because public schools tend to be “one size fits all” and with clothes, sure it might technically fit, but it isn’t flattering in most cases. That is how I see the school system, yes, it provides the basics but it certainly is not tailored to the child.
Bean is reading and comprehending at a fourth or fifth grade level, she read the first two Harry Potter books over the Summer between first and second grade. However, she is at “grade level” for math. She used to tell me that she hated reading, it was so boring and she didn’t understand why she had to do it. Turns out the books she was reading at school were just far too easy for her, even in the “advanced” reading group.
Mage is great with math, but struggles a bit with reading.He also has a speech delay that occasionally effects his spelling and reading. He needs a little extra help in these areas.
We are also really active in the local home school community, going on play dates and various other activities. Mage plays tee-ball, Bean does theater and the younger two, well they are kind of too young for anything anyway.
I want my kids to grow up with self confidence, they are a product of my husband and myself, chances are they are going to be odd. My biggest goals for them, is for them to be comfortable in their own skin, and be a thoughtful, educated, knowledgeable, and wise person. I want them to know HOW. It is okay if you don’t know something, but know how to find out, knowledge and wisdom are different animals, knowledge is the possession of facts, wisdom is knowing how to use those facts and apply them to a new situation.
I do have a list of things that I want my children to know by the time they are adults, things like how to sew, how to cook, how to chop wood, how to change a tire, and a car’s oil. But it is a long list and food for another post. I hope I have given you some insight into our world.