Wednesday, October 16, 2013

When school gets in the way...

I've thought about homeschooling for a long time--way back to when my nineteen-year-old daughter was a little shy thing (she still is). I thought about it again when my now sixteen-year old daughter was wreaking havoc in the classroom. Now, I am preparing to finally take the plunge.

It isn't that our school system is terrible--we live in a pretty wealthy school district. My daughter had an ipad and an itouch for her use in kindergarten. Lots of computers in the classroom. A phenomenal teacher. A clean school. A decent schedule. Seventeen first graders in her class and a teacher plus an assistant.

So, what's the issue? Partly, it's just me wanting more time with my little one. I see how fast they grow up and go off to college. Is that selfish?

And yes, common core curriculum and the loss of science and art education play into it, too. I want to teach with Legos and Minecraft (yes, there are lesson plans!). I want to spend more time traveling (that means time in travel, not necessarily time-travel, though I'd do that in a heartbeat if I could).

So why am I so scared? I'm afraid I will totally screw up. Is this a reasonable fear? Maybe~

So, I'm spending the rest of this school year preparing to homeschool next year (my sixteen-year-old graduates high school this year, so we'd be completely out of the system). Here in NC, we have a HUGE-MONGOUS homeschool network. There will be playdates and fun, too.

I just need to be brave!

How about you? Have you ever homeschooled, or thought about it? If you've homeschooled before, what was the absolute worst thing about it? (I can see lots of good things...)

have a fab day~
Kerry Vail
w/a Kerry Adrienne

1 comment:

  1. My husband and I have just made this decision as well. Our two youngest are 10 and 8. We have 3 who have graduated through the public school system and we are not seeing the kind of preparation we thought was happening. We are getting our curriculum together now and will be starting at the beginning of summer. The deciding factor for us was the implementation of Common Core in our school district. I have so many problems with this that I don't even know where to start. I don't want my kids involved with it.

    Best of luck in your endeavors!


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