Does anyone have experience home schooling? Although we do not have children yet, I am planning on home schooling when the time comes. I am just trying to see what it is like and whether or not I can handle the responsibility. Also, is there anywhere one can see and check a particular curriculum?
You're starting investigations early! Home schooling is a mixed bag - I suppose there are pro's and con's to it. It is hard work, especially as they get older and increases with the number of kids you have. It's a big commitment to take on.
Yep, we're "crazy" homeschoolers of two boys. There are lots of places on the web to learn about homeschooling but if I can just recommend one site I'd suggest secularhomeschool.com. The forums are a great place to read what (secular) homeschoolers are talking about and there are links to a variety of secular curriculum/ed. materials. Don't get overwhelmed with curricula now (and curricula IS overwhelming), so much of it will be different by the time you have school aged kids. If you haven't already, I would start by learning about homeschooling styles.
It's hard, it's a lifestyle that you have to be willing to live, but it's also rewarding. IMO most responsible parents can handle the responsibility. Whether you succeed and stick with it, I think depends largely on what your expectations are and whether you can adjust your needs/expectations as needed to meet your children's needs.
It's also a commitment in terms of not being able to work and earn extra money - school is great for child care :)
We are crazy homeschoolers as well. I have 2 girls, 7 and 8 years.
It has been a few years now and I can't say I regret it at all. Initially I wanted to homeschool because I wanted my kids to love learning and was afraid that there was a pretty good chance that school system would try to quash that.
We unschool and that seems to be a great fit for us. The whole "freedom from religion" has just been an added bonus. Here is a little post that made a lot of sense to me;
* because the kids waiting at the bus stop down the road, laden with heavy backpacks, seemed so little
* because it didn’t feel right for my children to be away from me more of their waking hours than they were with me
* because I’m a better mom at the beginning of the day than at the end of it
* because I believe my kids have inner genius, and I want to help them uncover it
* because no one is as committed to their success as I am
* because I want them to have freedom–and extra time in their day to play, to think, to imagine
* because I don’t believe staring out the window longingly during a lesson deserves a punishment–instead, it deserves a break
* because children are not parts on a assembly line–they’re individuals in need of unique nurturing
* because I am in the privileged place to consider making this choice
* because the investment I’m making in them will one day reap dividends in the fruit of their lives
* because I cling to that belief on the hard days when it seems I’m making no difference whatsoever
* because I think traveling 6-8 weeks of the years makes for better learning than a year at a desk
* because hearts, not minds, most need reaching at this delicate age–and who better to reach hearts than a mom?
* because I am learning just as much as they are, and that’s fun
* because this choice has been the right one…for us
a passionate heart felt response :)
Thanks Ruth. I'll do that.