Friday, December 05, 2008

Geeks Without Torture

After my last post, I owe it to you all to post the good things about home schooling my kids:

I like the fact that I get to be with my kids all day.

I believe they are getting a superior education at home than they were at the particular local public school where we lived.

Home schooling cuts down on bullying.

It enables me to find their weak points and work harder on those.

It's not one size fits all.

There is less pressure about grades, and more emphasis on actual learning.

I like seeing their natural curiosity get aroused and then helping them find answers to questions such as: How does nuclear energy work? What's a cold war?

...and then the ensuing interesting discussion about 20th century history, the environmental movement and whether it might be feasible to shoot nuclear waste straight into the sun.

I like their innocence and keeping them that way for as long as possible.

I like being able to impart my values, such as modesty, social conscientiousness and that girls are for something other than shopping and fashion and boyfriends.

I like teaching my kids how to cook and clean up.

I like that we have time each day for Morning Prayers, Gospel and Epistle, learning about the saint of the day and a lesson from a catechism book.

I appreciate the flexibility this form of education affords when certain persons might need a nap, down time, or whatever.

I like having the flexibility as a family to up and move or travel or have a feast day when its a feast day and not have to either miss school or miss Church because of a conflict.

Home schooling makes nerds into confident individuals who are not drones or clones, but rather proud geeks. (Imagine: Geeks without torture!)

I love not being a slave to the alarm clock in the morning (unless I want to make it to matins, which is another story all together and which I have not done so well on this week.)


I like that they can come grocery shopping with me and learn those aspects of domestic skills as well.

I like fun afternoons, and trips to the park and going fun place in the middle of the day.

I like taking them to the library and then coming home and many of us cozying up to a cup of tea and all to a good book.

I like having the input on curriculum, and on what sorts of field trips we take them on.

6 comments:

elizabeth said...

I enjoyed this post. I always appreciate how you are able to articulate both the struggles, the reasons and the benefits of homeschooling.

May God bless us this day on St. Nicholas day!

Lightfinder said...

Can I print this and give it to people who give me the hairy eyeball? Or maybe I'll just make up my own list... and the name of a doctor who can treat hairy eyeballs.

Alana said...

Go right ahead, lightfinder.

When you find a doctor who can cure the hairy eyeball, let me know.

Has said...

Thanks Alana, that was very helpful.

Mary Poppins NOT said...

You are right on again! This list articulates exactly why I keep plugging along in homeschooling, even though it is so very difficult at times. Thank you for articulating so well the benefits to homeschooling.

Joanna said...

Can't quite remember whether you said you were using Seton or Calvert. These two are known as about the most time consuming programs out there. Remember how parents of kids at Catholic schools used to boast about how much homework their kids had? Don't feel obliged to require kids to do all of every lesson or to do all of the lessons at all. Most schools never finish their textbooks either. From reading your posts, it sounds to me like you're doing a fantastic job under very difficult circumstances.