He also brings up the issue of "socialization." He's afraid that our son would be isolated from his peers. I've described the variety of art, music, math classes and homeschooling associations that are available, but he still isn't sold.
My current Suzuki program is in an elementary school, and I see everyday that crowded classrooms and harried teachers don't provide positive socialization. The level of mutual disrespect between students and teachers is very disheartening.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to convince dh that homeschooling is a wonderful way to raise a child? I've been reading Rahima Baldwin Dancy's You Are Your Child's First Teacher. I have been inspired by her insights, but I think that dh would be turned off by the heavy Waldorf influence. I would like to find an accessible book on homeschooling for him to read.
Thanks, and wish me luck (and perseverence!)
I will look for online articles for you and post again in a little while.
Here are some links to some useful articles - some about homeschooling, and some about the problems with the public school system:
That should get you started! Good luck!
Don't you just love "You are Your Child's First Teacher?" I checked it out of the library but loved it so much I had to run right out and buy my own copy! When I first got it my kids were very young and didn't give a hoot about fairy tales, but they are 3 and 5 now and LOVE their fairy tale before bedtime.
ask dh how he would feel about sticking your kids in daycare 6 hours a day -- my personal experience with that was that dd's social skills got A LOT worse in daycare (which led me to quit my job, etc). why does 6 hrs/day of school at age 5 suddenly become the sacred cow?
perhaps the best advertisement is a few good homeschoolers - try your local support group, if there is one, and try to meet some of the families, particularly the older kids. get dh to see how great the results can be!
for us, i was the sceptic (dh suggested it before i was even pregnant), until i met a homeschooled 17-year-old who was the neatest kid that age i had ever met. i don't mean genius (though maybe he was), i mean his ability to converse with anyone from age 18-68, his thoughtfulness, his enthusiasm, and his open-mindedness!
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