We do things a little differently here in our household.
There is a great homeschool and public school debate out there. Which is better, why it is better and who says it is better. When our oldest was getting ready to enter kindergarten, my husband and I were having a hard time deciding where he was going to go to school. Would he be schooled at home or should he go to school? We live a nice community with nice schools. The teachers are great and the administrators are wonderful. It is a community with high morals. We also attend church in our community so all of the children at church will be at the same school or even in the grade with him.
It was a hard decision for us. I have a family member who homeschools and I see the benefits her children have received from it. However, we kept thinking how we are to be “in the world, not of the world”. We knew our children should be a light. How else would other children be invited to AWANA’s or church if our children weren’t there to spread the word? As I said before, our schools are wonderful, so that part isn’t an issue. My sister’s school district isn’t the best so her options were a little more limited.
So what do we do? After much prayer and talking it through, we decided to do both. I don’t send my children to preschool. I was a preschool teacher before children so I figured I was qualified. 🙂 We also don’t send our children to kindergarten. I teach kindergarten to them.
I LOVE IT!
I get to keep my children home a little longer. They are mine for 6 or 7 years before I send them out into the world. Per their readiness, I teach kindergarten their preschool year and 1st grade their kindergarten year. Then we send them to 1st grade. Why, you ask?
It boasts their confidence.
They go into their first year of school with most of the knowledge they need to know. They are experiencing their first year of public school and they don’t have to worry about learning anything. They can have fun, be a helper and learn school rules. Our daughter LOVED being a helper to the other children.
The school gives them challenge work.
They love receiving extra and challenging work during the day.
We can teach them the morals we want them to learn while they are at an impressionable age.
There are certain rules, morals and behavior we expect out of our children. By having them home a little longer, they are under our influence for a couple more years.
We like that the children can take advantage of the extra curricular activities the school offers.
I know homeschoolers have plenty of options as well (my sister’s children children were involved in a lot!) but we like what the school offers. (Band, certain clubs, student council, cross country, etc…)
I know this way isn’t for everyone. We certainly know plenty of families that send their children to kindergarten and they are doing great in school. This works for us. Also, if at any moment, we feel our children need to be pulled out of school, we will. We are so pleased with how it is all working, that we can’t foresee a problem.
We currently use the ABEKA homeschool curriculum. Our two oldest children (working on Cade), learned to read from their Basic Phonics Readers Set. It’s a good reading set.
I think most importantly, we did what was best for US. For the community we have and the situation we are in, this decision is what works for US. Cade is gearing up to go in the fall. He is our “rough and tumble, lets go outside and invent something” kid. I am eager to see how school goes for him, but so far he is doing well here.
What about you? What is your thoughts on Homeschool vs Public School? What do you do for your family?
*This post and picture was updated 2/25/15.