Thursday, April 19, 2012

Decisions...


So I am pretty sure I am going to home school, at least this summer and see how it goes. None of my children, with the exception of Tina, is a very serious student. I figure I probably cannot hurt them and maybe it will help. If it goes well with all of them, I am sure I will be able to handle most through the school year. My reasons for homeschooling have very little to do with education, though :o(



Why Home school?
  1. The majority of our children, 7 out of 11, are from a sibling group who were adopted out of foster care two years ago. We need to learn how to be a family and that is difficult with our current schedules.
  2. Many of the children were born addicted to drugs and we believe they can be helped through nutrition. In fact, last summer we implemented a whole food diet and we saw tremendous gains...we think we can do better but consistency counts. Not only does the time spent away from home hurt this, but just being in public school has hurt. The children want what they see their friends eat...and its always "just one special treat."
  3. The children have all missed early stimulation and some basic skills. Our public school has been amazing in trying to close the gaps, but it is just too hard.

Why not Home school?
  1. There are a lot of them and one of me. If I disappear after June and don't return, would someone please call for help!
  2. I really don't know anything about teaching. I am an avid reader and I can read about how to do it, but I really don't know what to do!!
  3. Um, there are a lot of them...
So that's the plan...My reason's to are much more compelling than my reasons not to, but still...I'm afraid. Given that none of our children are destined to be scholars, I tell myself that the reasons to keep them home will benefit them in the long run, but that is a huge gamble to take. Do you think I can teach myself enough skill to make this work. I have seriously considered signing up for a teaching program, but the idea of starting a new bachelors at 50 just doesn't sit well with me. I have a few Masters credits but they are in social work. Is there something I could do to add to it to help. Because of the unpredictability of my MS, I am unlikely to ever return to the work world, so could it be helpful enough for me to justify the expense?



And then there is the aspect of printables. I have become obsessed with making printables for subjects. I always try to have something on hand if we an event coming up or to help with homework. So I was reading one of my new favorite teacher blogs (I really love almost all of them! They are so fun!) They are having classes online and while I think it is in regards to making and marketing printables, they are sharing teaching ideas? Could this help. It is infinitely affordable and I would be learning some skills? Any thoughts? Better ideas? Just trust God to help me do this...

Any teachers out there want to chime in.
Any teachers out there want to take the class or teach me...Here is a link to the site I was on and the information regarding the class...

2 comments:

Christine said...

Holly,
I homeschool. I am not a teacher by trade, but I don't think I am ruining my kids, yet. :)
There are so many resources available online and through the library. I think your reasons to homeschool are sound reasons. It is amazing how little nutritional value and how many chemical additives are in the foods served at the schools. Your children's other issues are also to be considered. Many homeschoolers take it a year at time. Some of us take a semester at a time. Trust that if God has called you to it He will see you through it.
Christine

Lisa said...

Holly, how wonderful that you want to give the very best to your children. No one cares for them as you do and you will be sure they get the very best. I happened to be a teacher before starting homeschooling, but in many circumstances, it is a hindrance instead of a help. I have had to work hard to get out of the "checkbox" and "you must finish the whole book" mentality and go more with interest-led and learning style appropriate education. It has been a wonderful journey, though, and I know you won't regret it! I have gotten to know my children so much more and our family is so close. It really is a blessing. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. I hope you come back again soon! Blessings! :-)