10 reasons I would Consider Homeschooling My Twins

Apparently this is somewhat of a controversial issue. I posted a question on facebook, wondering who would homeschool and who wouldn’t? Not one of my friends dared reply! I have been looking at my beautiful babies all day and  thinking a lot about homeschooling… What type of parent does it take to homeschool? What type of person will the child become? Kindly share your thoughts… :) (Would love to hear ideas “for” and “against” it.)

Here are 10 reasons why I am considering it

  1. Keeps away the bullies
  2. They can learn at their own pace
  3. Our family will be free to travel
  4. Not everybody excels at learning in a classroom environment
  5. I get to be a big part of my kids lives
  6. I can concentrate on areas where they may need extra help
  7. I can shelter them from negative influences / growing up too fast
  8. The public school systems are too crowded and teachers are unable to spend the time and energy needed for each child – I can be sure that my child is not getting “lost in the shuffle”
  9. Everyday (included Weekends & Holidays) is a day for learning
  10. Our family values can be upheld and honored.
    (Ok, #10 sounds really religious – but we are far from it! What I mean is that while I was growing up my parents never considered family to be important – I want the opposite for my children. I really want them to grow up learning that next to health, family is the most important thing and should always be nurtured and respected )

I got a lot of great replies on facebook and have requested all my friends to copy & post their comments on this blog…

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5 Responses to 10 reasons I would Consider Homeschooling My Twins

  1. jennifer says:

    It is the best thing I could have ever done. As for the socialization issue…there are all sorts of socially awkward children at school as well, I’m sure we all remember them I know that in my children’s classroom there were lots (and they weren’t mine!). In any given day my children are exposed to all sorts of authority figures whether it be coaches, other parents, librarians or the like and I would far rather my children be exposed to positive adult attention then the antics of thirty peers. Talking, discussing, debating, learning and enjoying each others company is, to me, what it is all about…not sitting in a classroom waiting for a question to be answered eventually. I can’t help but think my children, on a daily basis, are learning far more about socialization as we explore our community and the richness of the people in it then sitting in a classroom with a bunch of children, who frankly, are not all that well behaved.

  2. Steph says:

    Great comments! Jen Simmer (and Williams) I totally agree with you. I was socially awkward in school, far preferring to converse with adults – always patient…and certainly not homeschooled. I probably would have been a great candidate …for it! School does not ‘teach’ getting along with others. It teaches children to ostracize those who are different, while pretending to get aong with them in front of authority. It teaches those who feel different to hide the differences, at least at the younger levels. The socialization theory is being pushed through society, right now, and it is without merit. The only socialization I saw, in 10 years of teaching at the K-gr 12 levels, was negative. Where, in life, except at school, are 30 same aged people ever grouped? In fact, it makes much more sense to be in a multi-aged situation, at the very least, for schooling. This would minimize the need for competition and increase our natural want to be helped by older and to help the younger. Certainly a very positive social trait.
    Part of the issue is society’s obsession with ‘experts.’ Who could possibly know our children better than us?

  3. Jenn Williams says:

    Read a great book with some commentary on this lately: Hold onto Your kids by Gordon Neufeld. See http://www.gordonneufeld.com/book.php See his commentary on home schooling at http://sites.google.com/site/homeschoolinginsweden/international/homeschooling—dr-gordon-neufeld

    He’s a Vancouver based psychologist. The book is more about attachment theory and the problem with peer attachment competing with parent attachment. He has some interesting facts/theories about home schooling. I had always thought it led to social problems due to lack of socialisation but apparently all the latest research shows the opposite. Neufeld’s theory is that children actually learn social skills from their interactions with adults, not other kids. In fact, emphasis on peer relationships over the past few decades has served to erode the attachment relationship with parents, which in turn has created many of the teenage “issues” we all bemoan today. Peer socialization in school has become risky and in fact detrimental. He contrasts other cultures where communities do not socialise along generational lines ( ie italy, greece, where multi-generational socialisation is key and there are less problems with teenagers being detached/ troubled). Very interesting read ( also explains why Time outs are so bad/ harmful, as is any form of punishment and reward..) and I used to love Super Nanny but now realize how such techniques are short term fixes and create long term problems. In a nutshell, I think homeschool is a great option to consider; however since I am a breadwinning mother working full time right now I dont’ think I would home school because I dont’ feel I could do it, not because its a bad idea. Maybe my husband who is caring for our daughter full time would consider it though.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Here’s my take on it. Anyone can homeschool, you will learn the patience you seek. Your house will be messy and your perspective on life will change. You will spend nights worrying that they are learning enough and some nights wondering if you are pushing them too hard…as long as you are always questioning and learning yourself you can’t go wrong. You will begin to know your school aged child the same way you knew them when they were babies and depended on you for everything. Your kids will talk with you more, want to spend time with you more and you’ll find you have amazing and wonderful children. I can’t imagine doing anything different now.

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