The Choice is Mine..

In the last year or so I have been repeatedly going back and forth on the pros and cons of homeschooling my son. With so many stories in the media as of late about teachers, schools, and school policies going haywire, is it any wonder why I am thinking of moving in this direction? Of course there are worries, such as will i be a good enough teacher for my son and what if I totally fail at this?

I am not saying that I will fail but it is in the back of my mind. Granted yes, my son is only a little over a year old ( I truly despise using 13 months old, he is a year old now. ) I want my son to have the best education he possibly can.

Honestly the idea of including cooking, chores, and other life skills makes me happy about homeschooling. Things that in main stream education that are lacking or no longer there anymore because they are things that politicians have deemed unnecessary, but in my mind are very important. Things also important like creating, sticking to, and learning to budget, buying groceries, being able to make simple repairs on clothing (sewing a button back on comes to mind). Also being able to tailor the lessons to what he is interested in at any given time is another plus because I want him to learn to love learning so he will continue to want to learn for the rest of his life.

I have also heard home school horror stories, so as you can imagine I have all this stuff swirling around in my head as I try and make the best decision I can for my son. I have tentatively decided that I will home school pre school and pre kindergarten to get a feel for it and if we flourish with it I will continue to home school, that way there is a sort of safety net and  if I totally suck at it he can go to school.

I have the support of M and his family which is wonderful! I know he would help on his days off and that would be a huge relief to me. Another plus, is I would not have to do common core. I HATE   DESPISE  LOATHE common core!

I am also looking for a Christian based curriculum mainly because I want my son to have all the facts so when he is old enough he can decide for himself and well, we are Christians. I took a religion class in college ( did I mention I have a degree in psychology?!) and it opened my eyes a lot to other religions and I was able to get some facts I did not have. It served to strengthen my faith because we had to do a paper on a religion that was not our own. I got a very in depth look at the Jewish faith and it was interesting.

But I digress, homeschooling gives me options for my son that he and I would not have in regular school. Not to mention that Dyslexia and ADHD runs in the family. I would like my son to have a chance to flourish and not possibly fall through the cracks at a traditional school. He may not fall through the cracks, but there have been some horror stories! Also, we could move though the lessons at his pace so he does not feel rushed to figure it out. Now I know you can not do that in a traditional school.

So here is to our new adventure down the road a bit. I am scared but also excited to spend this time with my son!

-Ciao!

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Home Schooling

Recently Michael and I have been talking about home schooling Jeff. It seems almost every single day that I turn on the news there is another reason to go this route. Honestly, the school systems are bad now, I am not thrilled about what they will be like when he is old enough to start school in a few years.

I know I will be home schooling pre-school for him because honestly, pre schools and day cares are super expensive and I want this time with my kid anyway. I know I will run into people who do not understand my choices or just flat out think I am totally wrong, but hey you all are entitled to your opinion, but please remember ONE small detail: HE is MY son, not YOURS. I am doing what I think is best for him.

I have been looking into private schools and oh my gosh, you might as well have your own money tree growing in the back yard. Since I have not figured out how to cultivate that particular tree yet, I am going to go with what I think is best. I have been praying about this and it seems like it would be the best way to go for my son.

Also, I know some of you are thinking, “ he is only 5 months old!!” Yes, he is and right now we are working on his hand eye coordination and sitting up. He is doing fantastic! He is able to take a toy from my hand and put it to his mouth. He is also rolling on to his belly and getting his arms out in front of him all by himself. As well as getting on occasions his knees up under him so I expect him to be crawling here soon! Exciting times!

I am also looking for a book of Bible stories for him. On a child’s level of course. I am starting to read to him more and more. I would like to be able to give him a good foundation of Bible stories. Lots of stuff going on here!

Of course the curriculum that I would be home schooling would be age appropriate and would have some bible and religious aspect to it as well. I Have found one that I really like and and has a pre-school and well as a pre-kindergarten curriculum and I would be doing both to get him ready for school. My main thing, is to work at his pace, which they will not and can not do in public schools. Not to mention all the violence, bullying, and money issues in education these days.

We found out that if Michael has to have surgery on his knee that the Army will give him his pay for his rank while he is recovering. Also, if they medically discharge him, he will get his active duty pay for his rank every month including BHA (Basic Housing Allowance) which at this point would be enough for us to move to a 2 bed room and still have some money left for bills. Of course we would rather have the surgery and let him continue with his military career, he has about eight more years until his 20 to retire and that is what we are shooting for! If they medically discharge him, he is still able to work as well as collect his disability from the Army, which is a good thing. So honestly in my opinion, it is a win-win for us.

Well, I am going to run for now, the dishes are calling my name!

-Ciao!