Yesterday Geric and I went to Calvery Chapel La Habra for an observation assignment he had to do with the School of Ministry. It was a really cool visit and afterwards they served us a really yummy lunch! The pastor’s wife sat next to me and we started chit chatting about life, kids, being a pastor’s wife, etc. She said that she has homeschooled all three of her daughters and that she wouldn’t have it any other way. It got me thinking about all the benefits that come with homeschooling, and all the pitfalls, and it made me wonder if that is a choice that we should make with our kids.
You would thiink that since I was an elementary school teacher in the public school system that I would be excited about sending my kids to a public school, but have you heard about the new laws that have recently been put into effect? There’s the neverending controversy of evolution vs. intelligent design that is constantly being debated over in the courts and argued over how it should be taught to our kids. Then there’s the new law about teaching alternative lifestyles in sex ed starting in the 5th grade. I have also heard (but I’m not too sure about how this is going to take effect) that schools are going to start doing away with boys and girls bathrooms so that the transgendered kids have somewhere to go potty without confusion. How you feel on all these topics are not the issue here (so please don’t comment about how you are for or against any of these laws). The issue is that I hold certain morals and beliefs as truths and I feel like it is my repsonsibilty to pass those morals and beliefs on to my kids, and I really don’t want a teacher that I barely know passing along her morals and beliefs. I know, they could end up with a really amazing teacher that shares our beliefs, but they could also end up with a really crappy teacher who is against everything we believe in.
While I was talking to this lady yesterday, it sounded really great the way she homeschools her kids. She obviously teaches math and language arts at their levels, but she teaches science and social studies as unit lessons. For social studies she started in creation and has worked her way through history chronologically. You also have the freedom to take you kids out and experience things, instead of sitting in a desk and writing in a workbook. It’s also nice for me personally, as a pastor’s wife, because it would give us a lot of flexibility to go on trips with Geric. Also, it sounded like she was really able to key into her kids specific strengths and weaknesses and help them overcome thier weaknesses and play into their strengths. For example, one of her daughters is really dislexic, but she has a strength of seeing things spacially. So, she bought her a computer program that helps her design and build houses. How cool is that?
Now for the down side. Honestly, the selfish side of me is thinking about how I’ll never have a break for the next 18 years. Homeschooling is a lot of hard work, if you’re going to do it right. Also, will my boys even listen and respect me as their teacher? I have a hard time getting them to listen to me as their mother! 🙂 Another thing, when I think of the typical homeschooled kid, I think “weird kid.” I know that a lot of homeschool programs offer different classes during the week and social activities and I’m sure my kids will have plenty of friends at church, but I don’t want them to be weird, you know?
So, I decided to throw this topic out into the blog-o-sphere. What do you think about homeschooling?