So I’ve been teaching reading to my four-year-old daughter, Mira, and it’s been going pretty well! The lessons are short, predictable, and can be done marching around the house with a toddler or sitting in the sunshine outside or splashing in the bathtub. And it’s already helped her sound out a few words, so I think she’s learning. Plus, she still enjoys it (as long as I time it right!). Teaching reading has kinda been my way of dabbling into homeschooling because we’re thinking that’s the direction we’re headed.
- It frees up where we can live because we won’t have to worry about finding and living near the best school.
- It will give us a lot more family time. The kids and I will get to see my husband a lot more since his schedule is pretty different than the typical school day. (I felt like I rarely saw my husband when I was teaching and he was working.)
- It allows us to tailor our girls’ educations to their learning speed and styles. (While teaching, it always broke my heart to see my struggling kids I couldn’t help and advanced students I couldn’t push because I didn’t have enough time and there was only one of me and too many of them!).
Homeschooling wasn’t initially the route we were planning for our girls. Truthfully, I’ve never really wanted to homeschool because I didn’t think I was smart enough (kinda crazy since I was a teacher for ten years!) and I was worried about socialize issues.
But last year, when we moved from California to Alaska, I became less scared because it seems like a lot more people homeschool here (which makes sense since the government gives money to homeschoolers). I wanted to find out more, so in true Sarah fashion, I started asking lots and lots of questions. I became this homeschool investigator. A family member, Dee, was one of the first people I talked to and she was in the process of homeschooling three of her kiddos. She said it provided her kids opportunities to graduate early because they could move through material quicker, but she also talked about how much work it was for her.
I also talked to Christine, a wonderful friend from church (and a super mama who homeschools four of her kids while also taking care of her one-year-old daughter!). She recommended a book called The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Bauer and Wise. It’s a great resource for someone like me who needs a detailed example of rigorous, quality homeschooling.
And since then, I’ve read a few more books, talked to more people, and checked out lots of helpful blogs (my favs right now are: Lit Mama and April) who say the same things: kids benefit and parents benefit (but also have to work pretty hard and usually give up an extra income). I guess my choices are: go to school and teach other people’s kiddos OR stay at home and teach my girls. I’m so thankful that I get the opportunity to try the latter. 🙂