When school is at home


This fall, I won’t be taking the boys shopping for back-to-school clothes. No lunch boxes, no backpacks. I won’t be walking to the bus stop, or signing up to be a classroom helper. I write about what I will be doing at ParentDish in this week’s “A Little More” post.


13 thoughts on “When school is at home

  1. I’ve thought about homeschooling before -briefly! I know myself, and my personality. I just wouldn’t have enough patience or self-discipline to stay on task and be responsible for someone else’s eduation! But I do admire moms who can do homeschool!

  2. I loved this, Jennifer! I think about homeschooling quite a bit with our twins for all the reasons you wrote about plus some.
    It is so encouraging to read about how well it is working for your family.

  3. Gah! I think I broke my blog…my comments aren’t coming to me anymore. Tammy, I just sent you an email, I think we crossed in cyberspace!

    Niksmom, you make the best decisions you can at the time. That’s all we can do, and it’s enough.

    Amy, and Melissa, thank you for your encouragement! I really appreciate it!

    And Killashandra, you are so right. There is more than one kind of intelligence, and tests don’t account for differences in learning styles or simply being good at taking tests.

  4. What a beautiful description of your days homeschooling. As you know, we decided to pull Nik out of school but got “shot down” by having to choose…the therapies he needs (and which we cannot pay for out of pocket) or the home experience. Alas, right now, the therapies had to win out.

    But I have not given up the hope that one day my state will be convinced to reclassify home schools the same as private schools so they will be eligible for funding for special ed services through IDEA. WHo knows, it might become my personal battle to bring about that change…but not today.

    Mmm, the soup “smells” yummy! 😉

  5. Learning styles are so different for everyone.

    I agree, one of the problems with public schools is founded on teacher’s believing students learn in very linear ways. My own frustration stems from standardized tests, which I barely passed getting from high school to college. Having an outstanding GPA saved me but I still feel my brain does not wrap around test questions out of a box. With so many grades depending on on the box questions it’s hard intellectually to reassure yourself you are just as smart as the next person.

    My brother aces standardized tests. 😛

  6. I would love to be able to homeschool. The exciting feeling I had with first day of school, meet the teacher etc… has changed so much. Schools do so much less now – and it’s frustrating as a parent. I hope your school year is wonderful – it sounds like a wonderful experience for your boys.

  7. Kristen, I will move there too!

    You say so much in your comment, and you say it so eloquently! For many children, listening is not the best way to learn. And I know many parents feel like you and me–we wish and hope for the day when there are more, and better, choices.

  8. I’ve often said I wish I had it in me. Because I think the bulk of our anxiety stems from school and the pressure to meet certain standards of behavior and academics–most of which is still difficult, or just not intuitive for my son.

    I also think everyone has a different style for learning, and public schools can’t really take that into consideration. So while my son learns a lot by DOING and exploring and asking questions, school sort of demands that he sit and listen and well, that’s difficult.

    All of which brings me to my hope that one day there will be schools that bridge the gap between homeschooling and public school and that these schools will be staffed by creative, loving and generous souls. And wherever these schools are, I will move there. Regardless of cost.

  9. I wish you didn’t have to explain home schooling (how many of us explain our public schooling choices, where we don’t even know what happens there all day?), but I’m so glad that you did…

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