Post # 31
I was homeschooled all the way through high school graduation, and I had plenty of social interaction. I was in sports, I volunteered for YEARS, I was involved at my church, and there are a bunch of opportunities for homeschoolers to congregate. We did a co-op and a variety of other “home-schooling” in the homes of others and it worked out well. I got a full ride to college, thanks to my writing and reading scores being so high. I got my first “job” when I was 12 as a gymnnastic instructor, and this opened up a lot of doors later on for me. The state I live in has AWFUL education, so my husband and I discuss this topic a lot. As of now, we will most likely use a charter school or half-homeschool, because public schools here are AWFUL. Homeschooling is really what you make of it! I had such great times growing up, and I have a great relationship with my siblings and parents thanks to it.
Post # 32
As a teacher i went through 5 years of school and rigorous testing in order to be certified. Even as a teacher I would NOT homeschool my child. If my hypothetical child was clearly interested in something they learned in school then i will roll with that, give them more information, grow a garden with them, take them to a museam etc… All of those things that can be done on weekends, after school or in the summer. Parents are parents not teacher, there is a knack to teaching, it’s not something you wake up and just decide to do. You also have to make sure your kids are up to date on the state tests they will still have to take. I’m not equipped to teach for example 3rd grade and i wouldn’t try. I had a friend ask me to come over and tutor her daughter in 3rd grade. I tried but i’m not trained in early childhood education and i truly didn’t know how to handle her needs. I referred her to a friend of mine who is an early childhood teacher. I’m a secondary teacher i teach middle school and highschool. I graduated with honors and even i wouldn’t attempt to teach someone i’m not equpped to teach.
Post # 33
A parent is a child’s first teacher, and that can always continue, even when a child attends a public or private school. I did not wait for my child to attend pre-K or Kindergarten before I taught them the alphabet, their numbers, how to write their name, colours, shapes, etc. When they come home from school and tell me what they have learned, I often go deeper on one thing or I explain when they don’t quite fully grasp something. During the summer, we read novels together and discuss them, talking about literary technique and foreshadowing and use of language and other essentials. We started them with math manipulatives before the school adopted their use, so they could visualize and have a concrete representation of what things meant (especially fractions, groups of ten, etc.). I give them helpful hints about things all the time, and I always discuss with them what they are learning and why.
The idea that a parent needs to keep a child separated from their peers or trust the schools to cover everything is absurd. It is all about a parent-school partnership. I teach in a public school, but I also teach at home. The things I cover enhance and expand the school curriculum. I’ve never felt that it had to be one or the other, nor do I think one person is equipped to teach them everything they need to know. Once a child is out of the lower grades, there are almost always specialized teachers for language and math and science and social studies. I won’t pretend that I know all the information they cover or all the techniques they know for teaching it well. But I don’t abdicate my role as my child’s first teacher when they go to school, either. I support their teachers, and their teachers support me, and I think that’s the best combination a child can have.