I am surrounded by homeschoolers.
I do not feel negative toward homeschooling. At. All.
For some people it is the perfect situation.
I am not upset if you choose to homeschool.
Whatever you need to do.
But I never thought I would be in the minority sending my children to public school. I never thought I would need to defend our decision!
No one has asked us to. No one has pressured us to homeschool, but I feel like I’m a bad mom since I’m not doing homeschool.
But you know what?
I can’t teach my child to read.
And I don’t want to teach my child to read.
I want to help my child practice, but I haven’t been trained to do this. There are MANY teachers out there who have had advanced training in how to be an effective teacher who DO want to teach her.
There is nothing wrong with sending your child to public school. I would rather Wordgirl experience some real life things now that could be much less harmful than experience them for the first time as a teenager. I want her to learn how to stand up for what is right by sticking up for someone who is being teased about their shoes instead of learning it for the first time by sticking up for someone who is not drinking or doing drugs or something. I want her to make a few bad choices now when the worse thing that can happen to her is she has to sit in the Take-A-Break Chair (oh, yes. This has already happened!).
These real life lessons help to make us and it’s my job as a parent to build a loving foundation so that my superstars won’t be broken by these lessons. Where they can come home and be safe and loved and built into and challenged and healed.
I can’t prepare Wordgirl (or Princess Pea or Dash or JackJack) for everything. I don’t even know what to prepare her for. (For instance, sitting in the bus. I didn’t even THINK about explaining how to sit in the bus–like looking for an empty seat or a friend instead of trying to push the big girl out of the way in the front seat) What we can do is encourage her to talk about her day and work through things with her. Like last week, she accidentally went into the boys bathroom and then got a little lost getting back to her classroom. (she just told me this today) We were able to talk about it and how she felt and what she did. All the while I was thanking God that He protected her from teasing or yelling or any other traumatic experience that could have been a part of this little mishap.
I don’t want my superstars to grow up too fast. And I can see that happening in a public school. I can see wanting to keep your children as innocent as possible for as long as possible. I can. And I’m not saying that we are sending our superstars to public school for all 13 years and that’s the end of the discussion.
What I am saying is that you have to be discerning, but to me public school is a gift as right now I don’t want to homeschool and we can’t afford private school. Thank you, Jesus, that my superstars will still be able to learn to read.