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Should I homeschool my child?

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Puruselde Sun 22-Nov-15 21:36:28

Hello, I'm called Puruselde. I'm pregnant at the moment with my fourth child. Primary education hasn't really enthralled me, so I was wondering: what are the positives and negatives of homeschooling a child?

MMmomKK Sun 22-Nov-15 22:14:58

There is a homeschooling board on MN - maybe best to ask there?

However, are you really planning to homeschool 3 kids while taking care of a newborn?

Mehitabel6 Sun 22-Nov-15 22:16:42

Has it enthralled your child? It isn't about you.

Mehitabel6 Sun 22-Nov-15 22:17:12

Have you asked them?

Mehitabel6 Sun 22-Nov-15 22:18:22

You would do better on the home education board.

whitelisbon Sun 22-Nov-15 22:37:32

You will get more replies on the home ed board. However, I home ed one of mine (ds, age 9), one goes to school (dd, 12), and I have twins (23 months) and am expecting number 5 next year.
Some days it's hard going, but other days, I'm so grateful to only have one lot of school crap to worry about - uniform, lunch money, homework arguments, arguements with friends, etc.
DD loves school, and refused to be taken out, whereas ds hated it, lasted a very long, miserable, year, and has been at home for 3 1/2 years now.
Positives - getting to watch your child learning, letting them learn at their own pace, doing things that interest them, and not just because it's on the curriculum (our current topic is the Romans, and what was meant to be a 4-6 week thing has lasted 3 months so far), being able to let them step back from something and come back to it later if they're struggling, be it 1/2 an hour, or 6 months. Day trips - everywhere is really quiet, and often cheaper, during term time.
Negatives - Having the responsibility of your child's education solely on your shoulders. Getting stuck learning about the bloody Romans for months. Having no "experts" on hand for specialist subjects without having to pay - french lessons are £15 for 1/2 an hour, music is similar. Having a child who is capable of socialising with all ages from toddler to adult, as they are used to it. The cost - there's no subsidies available to pay for subscriptions to websites, workbooks (if you use them), artts and crafts materials (looks pointedly at the 8 foot long chariot pinned to the wall that cost a bloody fortune to make).

The younger 3 may or may not end up at school, we haven't decided yet.

NewLife4Me Sun 22-Nov-15 22:46:17

white

Sounds like lots of fun, I do miss it now grin

What a fantastic post, sums it up nicely.

I would also add, particularly good if they excel in a particular subject because they can run with it for as long as they want to, without the restrictions that schools have to impose.

SofiaAmes Sun 22-Nov-15 22:53:26

white We have a lot of options (and subsidies) available to homeschooling parents here in the usa. And there are many online options for the specialized subjects like languages that are really quite good and generally much cheaper than hiring someone. I suspect that you may be able to access much of this from the UK. If you need some help "translating" the requirements, please feel free to PM me. I wish my dc's wanted to be homeschooled, but they think I'm weird and have chosen to go to their local state school where the education varies between ok and mediocre, but the extracurricular options and social life are enticing to teenagers.

SofiaAmes Sun 22-Nov-15 22:54:53

Also, have you looked into swapping skills with other homeschooling parents. There seem to be lots of those type of networks here in California.

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