The Pros And Cons Of Home Schooling
Categories: Life Stories
I’m often asked about homeschooling.
I’m often asked about the pros and cons.
So, over ten years after I started homeschooling, I’ve done something radical: I’ve given it some thought.
Here are the pros and cons of homeschooling as I see them.
THE PROS AND CONS OF HOMESCHOOLING
Your kids don’t have to leave and get on the school bus every fall!
Your kids don’t have to leave and get on the school bus every fall.
(Remember that Staples commercial? The one where the dad dances down the aisle buying school supplies and singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year?”)
(Yeah, well…I never got to do that. Ha.)
You get to be with your kids all day, every day!
You get to be with your kids all day, every day.
(Togetherness is a wonderful thing!)
(Most of the time!)
You can create your own schedule!
You can create your own schedule.
(Flexibility can be a blessing.)
(And man, oh man, can it be a curse.)
You can teach your kids whatever subjects you want!
You can teach your kids whatever subjects you want.
(The History of the Beatles is an interesting homeschooling course, but not at the expense of the fundamentals.)
(Ask me about the time I forgot to teach one of my children about currency.)
(Actually, don’t ask me about it.)
You are the primary influence in your children’s lives!
You are the primary influence in your children’s lives.
(Yay! They can be just like me!)
(Oh no! Are they going to be just like me?)
You are totally in charge of your kids’ education!
You are totally in charge of your kids’ education.
(That is an exciting thought.)
(That is a terrifying thought.)
Okay, I’ll stop there!
Hopefully the list made sense.
Homeschooling is full of these wacky paradoxes!
You’re glad your kids are home with you all the time.
But your house will never, ever recover.
You can decide the subjects your kids learn.
But you have to make sure you’re equipping them with a breadth of knowledge.
You’re glad that you’re able to help shape your children.
But you need to make sure they also they get out and have a range of experiences with a range of people.
Your children’s education is in your hands.
And with that great power comes great responsibility.
Homeschooling requires thought.
And most of all, it requires balance.
Oh, and patience.
(And a darn good electric pencil sharpener.)
source: The Pioneer Woman Home Schooling