So school is useful for: learning (facts, critical-thinking skills etc), "expert" teaching, diversity (including people, beliefs, languages, learning styles, experiences and supplies/technology), for children to experience different roles apart from family, to enhance independence, for parents to have a break from kids, to have access to specialized programs, a feeling of community, as a "lifeline" if home life is hard, access to other adults who care about them and motivate them better and in different ways than parents might be able to, for the social aspect, for meeting future sps
, providing specialized instruction to special needs kids, for diagnosing kids giftedness or special needs, educating the masses so society doesn't fall apart, "one-stop-shopping" convenience of lots of programs available under one roof, enhancing a child's confidence in mastering another environment, for peer-to-peer learning, preparing for the workplace and teaching about societies expectations, big group projects (excitement and specialness of working together in a group), keeping kids from getting bored, teaching about a variety of career paths, teaching kids to persevere in something they don't like (thus helping "round-out" the child), for covering the basic skills so family can do fun stuff on the side.
From reading this list I understand this quote from Dar more:
|Reading about other posters experiences can be helpful, but the real key is learning about your kid and your family and the educational options available to you, and going from there.
I feel like we cover many of the benefits on the list through the groups and lessons we are involved in. What really jumps out at me, that we don't experience by homeschooling, is the ability of kids to take on a different role in school than they do at home, and the cool little (or big projects) that schooled kids do on a daily basis that my kids won't experience to that degree of frequency. Also, my VERY social dd would probably love the excitement of being with other kids. Something to think about for the future.
So far, one of my biggest reasons for homeschooling dd5, at least for this year, is to keep her quirkiness and uniqueness intact. To ballet class this week she wore a bright green headband, a HUGE purple flower and a pink bow right on top of her head. She marches to a different beat and I worry that she might be drawn into conforming to the group at the expense of who she is.
Anyway- I really, really appreciated all the responses. So helpful to hear from those that mostly love the school experience to help balance my own perspective out. Thanks!!