Homeschool is something I always dreamed of because I wanted to be an active participant of their education and learning process. However, also wanted them to have a “normal” school experience because I don’t want to take any opportunity or choice away from them. After going back and forth for the last couple of months on the decision (and touring/researching different schools) we finally landed on homeschooling. This is the year before VPK and so it is the best year to experiment if this works for our family and for him.
The thing I love about homeschool is that we (our family and Everson) play an active role in choosing what he gets to learn and how he gets to learn it. The one thing I didn’t like about schools that we toured is that they claimed to play based and follow the Reggio-Emilia style curriculum but it seemed surface level. It still felt like they had a rigid schedule and structure and focused on a small amount of basic themes.
I want Everson’s learning to be based on his interests, the process, real life experiences and creativity. I want him to have the freedom to explore and play an age appropriate amount instead of according to a scheduled time of day. I don’t think you can get that freedom from a classroom. It is also important for me to introduce a variety of subjects to him to explore. I don’t like that the themes you often see in schools are so basic and limited. I believe that you can teach big subjects in small ways.
So for us this is a perfect year to figure out if this works for him, us and for our family. I get the chance to see if it is something that he enjoys or to see if maybe he would learn better in a classroom. Some kids have different learning styles, where the classroom might be the best fit for them. It really just depends on the kids, family, schools and circumstances. I don’t believe either way is better than the other. Homeschool and in school both have great benefits! I am open to either way! That is the biggest thing I have learned through all the months of trying to decide is that I just have to be open to what is best for OUR FAMILY, not everyone else. It is okey for me to like both and to CHANGE my mind. This doesn’t always have to be what we choose. I love the idea of hybrid method. There are fewer options though to choose from.
I spent a lot of time trying to force picking a school because of other people’s opinions on schooling/what we should be doing. I think people have a sometimes negative connotation when it comes to homeschooling families. I felt that and was trying to force myself to choose school because of that. Then when I really sat back I realized that these things weren’t working out or meeting our expectations because it just wasn’t meant to be. I think because I was open to either traditional preschool or homeschooling it allowed me the opportunity to really pick what was best for us right now. I love that I can change my mind at any time. If this turns out not to be the best choice for us I can always change it.
That would be my biggest piece of advice on anything (not just schooling)…
Be open to all sides of everything. That is how we learn about all the opportunities and information available to us and how we make educated and non bias decisions. That is how we promote growth.
If everyone was more open and gathered information equally on both sides of a subject then we would truly be able to make decisions that are best for us and also realize that there are more than one correct answer/side to things!
Anyway.. that is is my two cents! I just wanted to share that because I am super excited for this homeschooling journey and to connect with other families!
So I also have a post coming up on why I chose to create my own curriculum. I have worked super hard on creating exactly what I want for him when it comes to his learning but it is a lot of work! I am trying to document it and use trial and error for what works and doesn’t work because eventually I would love to make this curriculum available to others. I love that it incorporates all of my favorite aspects from all the different teaching methods out there. It truly makes up like a modern/ fresh learning experience that is doable for parents!
Make sure to check out my favorite homeschooling manipulatives to have on hand here or some free printable worksheets here!