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Why I won’t be homeschooling my children

Posted on: August 15, 2016

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It’s hard to believe but, here in South Carolina, school starts this week.

For the past month conversations with friends have turned to thoughts of where children will be attending school. Many of my friends are opting to homeschool their children. I, however, am not.

I think homeschooling is great and works very well for many families. It’s just not something that will work well for mine. Here’s why:

1. It takes a lot of patience

Just going to be real honest here. I just don’t have the patience for homeschooling. Patience is something I need to work hard to achieve. For some reason, it’s just been something I’ve struggled with at different points in my life and I don’t think homeschooling would help that any.

2. My son gets distracted easily

Over the summer I made it a point to do 30 minutes of school work a day to review what he learned in Preschool and prep for Kindergarten. Let me tell you, some days it was a struggle just getting him to sit for that long! I can’t imagine what it would be like trying to do longer lessons. When he’s at home, he wants to play. He doesn’t want to sit and do school work.

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3. I work from home

I am so privileged to be able to work from home! It allows me extra time with my family and I’m able to stay home with my younger son. Something I couldn’t do with Giovanni and wished I could. But, it can be challenging at times. I work in health insurance so there are slow times of the year but then there is Open Enrollment season, where I easily put in 30 hours a week. Trying to do that and homeschool at the same time, just would not work. Especially if I’d like to get anything else done, like housework, grocery shopping, play dates, and my other part time job doing editing work.

4. I want my children to have opportunities I didn’t

Growing up, I went to a Christian school. Right from first grade all the way through high school. It was a great school and I made many wonderful friends and had great experiences there. But, there were times I’d hear about what my cousins got to do at their public schools and I wished I could do it too. Things like taking a trip to Italy with the school choir, being able to learn other languages besides Spanish, having the option to participate in many different sports instead of only having three options, being able to play in a marching band, having a prom (we didn’t have a prom at my Christian school). These are opportunities my children wouldn’t get if they were homeschooled.

Homeschool can be a great experience. I have many friends who do it and it works very well for them and their children. But, it’s just not something that’s for my family.

 

Do you homeschool your children? Why or why not? 

 

 

 

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