Sunday, December 16, 2012

Home School to Public School - 44 days to go

So here is my scratch list so far of the Pro's and Con's of School and Homeschool.

I know not everything is here but these are the ones that are important to me and keep me thinking (and worrying!).

School:
Pro's
  • packed lunch
  • see what others eat, may be more willing to try new things
  • exposure to other interests eg choir, sports
  • learn that not everything is easy
  • learn to push themselves instead of coasting
  • time for me to have a hobby
  • get help to get up to "grade" level
  • will get the chance to experience a "regular" schedule of work, meals and play
  • hopefully more friends for a birthday party or play dates
  • home will be tidier and cleaner due to no kids around
Con's
  • bullies but hopefully not
  • negative attitude from a teacher
  • unable to "fit in" when it is necessary
  • uniform costs
  • pushing of reading may lead to dislike of lifelong reading
  • disrespect of mum and dad, more respect for teachers
  • miss out on a more interesting education with bunny trails
  • miss out on using lots of resources I already have
  • "system" doesn't care about my values for my family
  • house may be "too quiet"
Homeschool:
Pro's
  • focused teacher attention so won't "fall through the cracks" if some area is not learnt well
  • hugs and support when work is hard
  • can learn at own pace with choice of curriculum to suit learning style
  • better breakfasts
Con's
  • too easy to slow down too much too often
  • distraction of TV and PCs
  • Mum gets distracted by "projects"
  • Mum's health can be up and down and days, even weeks, can be missed until she is better
  • messy and noisy house nearly all the time
  • can't keep up with household chores on my own in the time available
 Well, at least now I can "lose" the piece of paper I was writing it all down on.  And not everything is equally weighted in it's impact, so the decision is still not easy.  Ah well!

Best wishes
Jen

2 comments:

  1. I'm still praying for you as you make the decision.

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    1. What does your husband think? Often they can evaluate things like health and keeping up with house work better than the person actually doing the stuff :-)

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