View Full Version : regular school to homeschool

04-16-2011, 03:13 PM
what is the best part of your child/children being schooled at home as opposed to regular school?

my first 3 kids homeschooled for pre-K and Kindergarten and then went to private Catholic school for 2 years and are now back home. I cannot really complain about the school they went to, academicaly or socially. For the most part the school had everything a parent could want.

However I am so glad they are home! School was from 8am-3pm, 30 minutes one way. Even in 1st grade they had homework. Not to mention all the school plays and after school stuff. I really felt like I was loosing my babies. We were just running around everyday. No time to just *be*

Now, my kids are KIDS again! They can read what they want to read for hours, they can play outside when they want. Their imaginations have taken off! We have time to connect, talk and explore life together where as before we were so stuck to a schedule. That sounds so happy la la but for the most part it IS happy la la with flowers on top :)

what are your feelings?

04-16-2011, 03:38 PM
For us, it's getting to spend our days with our son again. It never really did feel right to me to send him away all day; I'd wanted to homeschool pretty well from the beginning but for various reasons we decided to give ps a fair shake. I'm glad we didn't do it for too long (took him out in the middle of grade 1). Homeschooling feels natural to me; I just can't imagine going back.

04-16-2011, 04:46 PM
I think the best part of homeschooling for us is that the kids have developed a great relationship with the elderly couple next door. Jack and DoDo are their best friends! They have even made friends with Jack's 65 year old son :)! When he is out working on his dad's house or in his yard, the little ones will go over and help (hinder?) him.

Jack is quite ill and feeble now and he will sit in his open garage most mornings, soaking up some sun. If the kids see him they run over to play with him or show him something they have done in their books. There are some days I have to keep them from the front window because they spend so much time next door they don't get their work done!

Of course, there are other good things about homeschooling ... spending every day with them, watching them grow, determining the schedule, etc. etc. But it's the relationships they have built with neighbours, mail carriers, and our favourite UPS guy, over the past couple of years that have made homeschooling great.

04-16-2011, 07:52 PM
Honestly, for us, it's the fact that they are getting an education that is far superior to what the public schools could offer, and that they don't have to deal with the bullying/soul-crushing environment which is so toxic to anyone who is even a little different.

Dea only spent 1 year in public school - Kindergarten. In Nov, I got admitted to the hospital and wasn't allowed to come home until almost New Year's. When I got home, I spent the next 2 months getting the apartment ready for Jay & trying to heal from the emergency C-section & major infection I had & after he came home, I was busy all day with him (he ate every hour & only slept 20 minutes at a time). So, I didn't really have the experience everyone else had with missing their kids all day & homework wasn't an issue since it was Kindergarten. Our experience was just awful due to the lack of challenge in the schools, Dea being bored to tears with the "work" they had her doing, and the fact that she was bullied constantly for being different.

The fact that they can be themselves, be happy to learn new things, be challenged in their school work, and not be made to feel like freaks because they aren't exactly like everyone else, is important to us.

04-16-2011, 08:31 PM
Pretty much what everyone else said: a better environment for my son to be himself (his noisy, spazzy self), the ability to design a rigorous curriculum that matches their abilites and needs, and the time for us all to be together--playing, using their imaginations, and reading tons of great books together.

04-16-2011, 09:03 PM
For me is has been watching my older son return to himself, watch the weight he lost come back on (he lost 10lbs during start 1st grade and the end 2nd), Seeing my younger son explode with talking when just a year ago he could hardly speak to people. The education finally advancing for both of them, my husband getting to see them and spend time with them with his crazy work and school schedule. We to are those odd balls where for the most part everything goes alone is a happy manner with flowers on top. :)

04-17-2011, 10:54 AM
My kids are just so much happier. They both hated school so much. I am also glad to be more a part of the older one's learning - its easier to see, somehow, with him - the hard work of getting through algebra and working on his writing. For years no homework came home and I just felt so disconnected. I still think my daughter could have gone further in math if I'd been teaching her. and of course, the easy schedule, no packing lunches, no rushing for the bus . . . oh, and i'm learning history and liking it!

04-17-2011, 11:06 AM
Seeing exactly how they learn and tailoring our education plans to those interests and styles, rather than watching them get bored with what the schools force-feed them.

Accidental Homeschooler
04-17-2011, 11:12 AM
We just recently started hsing and the stress level for all of us has dropped by about 90%. My kids are happy. I am happy. My husband is happy. When we have challenging moments they feel manageable. With ps all the school problems my kids were having felt so out of my control. The only difficult part of hsing has been some extended family reactions.

04-17-2011, 11:24 AM
My favorite part is the lower stress level. That's not to say that I still don't get so stressed out that I snap, but at least it's not on a daily basis any more, either for me or for my son. Before he came home, between the e-mails, phone calls, and the fact that my son came home and released all the emotions he'd suppressed all day... it was so, so ugly. And he was bored to boot. He's not bored any more!

04-17-2011, 03:22 PM
We love being free from the PS and school bus ball and chain. Its nice to just pick up and go somewhere without having to keep an eye on the time. Oh and not getting nickle-and-dimed to death for supplies, fundraising, etc.