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to suspect I would make a better job of teaching my child P1/2/3 than the (good) local primary?

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StripeyBear Thu 07-Feb-13 15:07:31

I gave up work to become a SAHM, but always intended that they would go to school in due course. I am beginning to change my mind.

My first niggle is the short school day at P1 (9am to 2.50pm), 39 weeks per year. If I went back to work, I would certainly need a raft of after school and holiday club childcare - exactly what I wanted to avoid in the first place... Of course, I could continue to stay at home for a while...

The second niggle was a local acquaintance starting a B.Ed as a mature student... considering my knowledge of her, I was surprised she'd managed to secure a place on any degree course. Since she started, she is apt to have (public) facebook discussions with her classmates, who appear immature, ignorant and small-minded. Their grammar and spelling are truly frightening. I googled the entrance requirements for these courses and was appalled by how low they are.

The local school has a good reputation, but it seems counter-intuitive to send my child to school to be taught by someone with far fewer qualifications than myself, in a ratio of 1 to 25, whilst I stay at home doing the ironing. (Or alternatively, I go back to work and leave my child in the hands of child-minders for the majority of their waking hours - something I don't fancy much either).

The more I ponder the topic, the more sense it seems to keep them at home until they are a bit older. Surely it is hardly rocket science to teach early years subjects, and we would be able to do all manner of exciting things that schools can't possibly do (like foreign travel to learn languages, museum visits, cooking, damming brooks and so on and so on....)....

So bearing in mind I haven't had a school-aged child yet (blush) AIBU to think I would make a better job of teaching my child at least initially?

StripeyBear Thu 07-Feb-13 18:33:53

SDeuchars thanks - I think I will do that - just thought I would ask here first as it might get views from people who weren't that warm to HE

StripeyBear Thu 07-Feb-13 18:40:08

canihaveapetgiraffeplease I don't know. It was a big decision for me to give up work - I took redundancy, so I knew I was going to take a significant chunk of time off, as the job I gave up was well paid and reasonably flexible. I'm open to thinking about when to go back...

The school is pretty close - 10 minute walk. I still think it's a long day sad

WilsonFrickett we did look at the local Steiner school, but I'm put off by their examination results which seem poor, considering the likely social mix of their intake.

MrsKeithRichards Thu 07-Feb-13 18:52:49

What month born are your dc?

fromwesttoeast Thu 07-Feb-13 20:31:07

I've always HEd my children, the eldest are now teens working towards IGCSEs. It has been a very enjoyable journey so far and in the early years you can have so much fun learning creatively. I would thoroughly recommend HE.
However, if you are planning to put them in school after a few years are you sure that there will be places available in your preferred school by then? Experiences of friends tells me that it is not always so.

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