I've been challenged to write a post expressing my opinion on the subject of home schooling vs. public schooling. My girls started out in the public school system, and we started home schooling when they were in 3rd and 5th grade. Both my husband and I are products of the public school system.
For our family, home schooling has been the best thing we could have done. My oldest daughter in 4th grade, unfortunately had a first year teacher who could not control the classroom. My daughter came home numerous times frustrated that she spent the entire day at school and didn't learn anything. At her age, she recognized that the hours spent at school were not worth what she was learning.
We have been home schooling now for five years, and the following are the advantages to home schooling that we have discovered:
- My daughters now get one-on-one attention whenever they need it.
- We can go as fast or as slow as we need through any subject or topic.
- We can incorporate travel into our schooling at any time of the year.
- We don't need a doctor's permission to miss a day or more of school.
- Our schedule does not revolve around the public school system schedule.
- My girls have learned to learn and not just to retain facts for a test.
- We spend more time together as a family, and we can easily teach our girls our values.
- My girls do not have all of the peer pressure and are not dependent on their peers.
- We can study whatever interests us at the time.
- They do not have to sit still and be quiet as they learn for 6 hours a day.
- I don't have to worry about their safety at school.
- No more, "So what did you learn today at school?" questions. I know the answer and can reinforce what they have learned throughout the day, week or year.
- My girls have more time to be social with friends.
- All of our school work is home work. No additional work is necessary.
- We learn real life skills through everyday living.
- There is no rule against taking a lamb to school.