The world of homeschooling.
After my little guy turned 4 a couple weeks ago, I can’t help but think about next year when he starts Kindergarten. School is far from what it was when I young. Today parents have to worry about social media, bullying, shootings, kidnappings and a poor education. Homeschooling is the ideal alternative for some families.
Please share your thoughts as well, I would love to hear from other parents. What are your concerns when it comes to your child and school?
School is a place we should feel safe to leave our children. A place where education is the goal, not whether a child has the most friends, dresses to impress or does fantastic on one of many standardized tests. School should be about keeping our kids…well kids for as long as we can. Not pushing them to grow up faster or having them focus more on social aspects than schoolwork. Kids need more time outdoors or even at home, rather than sitting at a desk for hours at a time.
When I first chose to have a child I knew that it was very possible I would end up homeschooling. I’ve always loved school. The people who teach us have an immense impact on whether we love it and, ultimately, inspires something greater.
There are strong opinions on the social impact homeschooling has, but that gap can be filled. The social impact shouldn’t be our first concern. What about the passion that school lacks? Some students are fortunate to have spectacular teachers, but others aren’t that lucky. I used to watch as many of my classmates fell behind because they didn’t understand a subject. Teachers need the incentive, freedom and time to spend with each student.
Read about the teaching styles in Finland, ranked as one of the best school systems in the world. Other teaching styles can be used as inspiration and encouragement that we can do better for our children. Even if a parent isn’t able to commit to homeschooling, which is understandable, we can help fill that gap by inspiring them outside of school.
I will keep educating myself and preparing for our venture into homeschooling. Take a look at the homeschool laws in your state. It may surprise you to see the high regulations some states have, which make it almost impossible to homeschool. Discouraging to think that any parent cannot make the decision to homeschool their child. If we have the will, knowledge and, most importantly, the passion to homeschool then it should be supported.
If you’re curious about our homeschooling journey let me know in the comments below. It is my goal to share our homeschooling ideas and provide fun ideas to make learning as exciting as possible. If you live in South Carolina as well and want to know some of the homeschool associations I am considering feel free to Contact Me!
Song I was listening to while writing this post? Heartlines by Broods