As my son prepares for his graduation from high school, I have found myself pondering—what if I would’ve homeschooled?
Becoming a mom at 18 didn’t leave a lot of room for me to be creative. I had to work and go to college, so my son was in daycare almost right after he was born. He attended daycare until he was 5, and then was enrolled in elementary school. Fast forward 12 years, and he is now a senior in high school. He is a popular kid who is involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. His grades are okay—he could do better if he applied himself more, but for the most part, he has been a decent student. Soon, he will be off to college and making a mark on the world. But if I had to do it all over again, I think I would have chosen to homeschool him as well as my 7 year old daughter.
Homeschooling was never an option for me all of those years ago because I had to go out and make money. I wasn’t married, so there wasn’t another income to depend on. But seeing the outcomes of those that I know who have homeschooled, I feel like I missed out on an opportunity to teach my children.
I am very involved with my children’s education. I attend meetings, follow up with the teachers, and make sure that work is being done. I feel that I am partners with the educational process and with the school and teachers. But after doing some research on homeschooling, I feel that perhaps this would’ve been the more beneficial route for us. My son is such a social butterfly, so I know being in a traditional school setting really works for him; but school is more than socializing.
In the past, I used to turn my nose up and those who homeschooled. I only thought that people in rural areas who didn’t want their kids to interact with others homeschooled. Of course, I now know that is incorrect. I have read many blogs written by homeschoolers that has taught me that well rounded children can prosper in a homeshooling environment.
Now that I am a work at home mom, I feel that the option for me to homeschool is becoming something I want to explore. My daughter is in the 2nd grade, and would transition to homeshooling with ease, I think. I don’t want to stunt her growth or change her routine too much, but trust me, I am researching this option a lot to see if this is something I want to do.
Have you homeschooled? Or were you homeschooled? What are the pros or cons associated with schooling a child at home? And what could I be overlooking? I would love to read your thoughts on this.