In a week I will be a homeschooling mother. The decision to do this was natural, yet it was not easy. I am not anti-school but I am very pro-education. My eldest daughter attends middle school. Her experience at the school has been less than ideal; failing assignments for using the wrong color pen, being physically and verbally attacked at school by another student without teacher repercussions, lack of guidance in areas she needed help, getting into trouble for dropping a pencil.... It seems as if her school was more focused on managing students than teaching them.
Earlier in the year I made the offer to home school. In typical 13 year old fashion, our daughter told me that in no terms would she ever consider homeschooling. She wanted to hang out with friends. Fast forward to about 2 weeks ago. She came to me and told me that she wanted to be home schooled. Huh?
- she felt that she was not learning
- too many kids in her classes - and not enough teacher interaction
- much of the curriculum was not challenging enough
- she felt that she was being held back in the areas that she excelled and not getting help where she needed it.
- she decided that she could visit with friends on the weekends and in the evening.
- she didn't want to put up with the pressure of looking a certain way any longer
Wow. I did not expect that! I agreed with her that homeschooling would be better than where she is now. So, in a week we will begin this journey. I have already found all of the state laws regarding homeschooling and have filled out paperwork. Fortunately, my husband and I each have post-baccalaureate degrees, which means that we do not have to send quarterly report cards to the school district.
I have found great curriculum - and plan to tailor it to fit her needs. Yes, I teach during the day, however, homeschooling does not mean that school has to take place from 8-3. I am structuring it to fit around a schedule. I never imagined myself doing this. This is going to be another great adventure!