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Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Take on the Pros & Cons of Homeschooling

I am sure this goes without saying, but the following is my personal take on Homeschooling. I am not a professional by ANY MEANS. This is only my 2nd year at it. Therefore, all my opinions should be considered just that; OPNION. No getting offended by anything I write please! A lot of people aren't in a place where they can homeschool their kids. That's just fine. Over time and with more experience I am sure that my views may change a bit. Either way, it's not personal folks! Ok. Let's get started.


Pros List

  1. FREEDOM!
  2. It can be so fun!
  3. You can tailor teaching to your child's personal "learning style".
  4. Co-Op is AWESOME
  5. Day Trips whenever you want!
  6. We can pace work to each specific child's needs. 
  7. Vacation Days are up to you!
  8. No Homework.
  9. No Science Fair Projects! 
  10. No fees on top of fees on top of more fees!
  11. No picture day packages that cost a TON!
  12. No tuition!!!!
  13. No Common Core!
  14. No boosters and or fundraisers.
  15. Portfolio Assessments instead of yearly testing.
  16. No Standardized Testing!
  17. No immunization requirements (if you are against vaccines).
  18. Registering to homeschool with your County is EASY PEASY!
  19. ANYTHING can become a learning opportunity! 
  20. No carpool and getting kids out the door for the bus! HALLELUJAH!

Cons List

  1. If you don't have a SELF MOTIVATED child it can be hard to give independent work and walk away.
  2. You do have to remember concepts that you have likely forgotten over the years. #MATHMATHMATHMATH #itisthedevil
  3. Unless you use a pre established curriculum it can feel intimidating to start. It did for me.
  4. It can be OVERWHELMING to choose how to teach your child. 
  5. STUFF EVERYWHERE! 
  6. If organization isn't your strength it can be a challenge.
  7. If your child has been in the school system it can be hard to adjust to home study. Example: Hearing the words, "I miss my school, friends and teacher." About 700 times per day. (personal experience)
  8. Sometimes you just need alone time and you don't get it because your kiddo is home! (I hide in my bathroom.) They still find me anyway. 
Now we talk about some of the stereotypes that people seem to not want to say in the face of homeschoolers & their parents, but think or even say behind their backs. 

I found this article and thought it was VERY true. 

Read this. It's short. Trust me! 

Oh! Here's another one I found rather intriguing!

Moving on...

I personally had to deal with a couple of these before I felt like I could get into homeschooling myself. I am only 2 years in and I still struggle. That's for another post though. I think my struggles are more personal insecurities and fears than anything else.

Truth be told. I am not proud of the list below. They came from a pretty uninformed and resistent place. Absolutions formed at the ripe old age of 18. Ugh! I cringe to think of how "smart" I felt then. I knew NOTHING! lol.

"WOW. That kid needs some socialization."

Oh yeah. I met my fair share of those homeschool kids in college that went through MASSIVE culture shock in the real world. My freshman year in college I befriended a girl who we'll call Meghan. After 1 semester of classes Meghan had to drop out of school because she couldn't handle being without her family and safe environment. Apparently college was her 1st real time away from home. It unfortunately cemented an idea in my mind that homeschool really couldn't be a good idea for me and my future kids. Obviously, I don't feel that way now, but man oh man! Did I ever then!

"Oh no. I could never deprive my child of the benefits of learning how to be part of a functional classroom environment."
I grew up going to public school and thought that my time in classrooms, auditoriums, rallies and the like were a crucial part of what taught me to not be the kid who couldn't sit still because I'd never needed to. Truth is, so many kids in schools struggle to stay still just as much if not more than homeschoolers. Kids are kids. Their school doesn't change that. Yep. My eyes have been opened over the years. 

"Just point out a student and I can totally tell you if they were or weren't homeschooled." 

Not sure why, but I thought I had some sort of homeschooler radar. Truth is; I really didn't. Ironically enough when I met my husband he seemed NOTHING like any of the stereotypes I thought were true. My best friend is the same! We met in our 30's and I would never have known she was homeschooled if she hadn't told me. Yep. I was wrong by a LONG SHOT!

*sigh*

So this is the point in the post where I honestly start to wonder what the heck I am doing here. Why am I writing this? Is it too long? Too unorganized? Offensive? Stupid? 


Yeah. I'll just stick with it anyway. 


Suffice it to say I have a daily love hate relationship with homeschooling. It really depends on the day. For now it's what I am feeling led to do. While it has it's challenges it's working for my family. No idea what the future will hold though. I am open to whatever God moves us to do next. 

What are your thoughts? Do you homeschool? What are your pros and cons? Let me know below!

Well, I better get back to homeschooling my oldest. She is currently working on History & Geography. Amazing how much we have both learned! 

See you next Saturday!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bucket Lists Can Change

I have been somewhat addicted to Anthony Bourdain shows in the past. I know. He's gritty, crass, unconventional, and very gratifying for me to observe as a culinary mind. He's insightful and open minded about food. He's unapologetic about his opinion, but isn't a Gordon Ramsey type who screams at people or even an Andrew Zimmer type that largely eats bugs, bugs and did I mention bugs?

 The show he does with CNN called Parts Unknown has been particularly amazing for me to watch! I know he is in his 8th season right now, but I just recently started it and am only in season 2. I watched the Spain episode very recently and it has CHANGED my bucket list! Once upon a time my dream vacation spot was ANY place in Malaysia as long as it included an overwater bungalow. 


I mean, come on! That's gorgeous right?!

Right now it's Granada, Spain. Particularly to stay near or in Plaza Nueva. I hear Hotel Anacapri is lovely and would be central to everything. 

Yep. Plaza Nueva! Don't know what Plaza Nueva is? Seriously.... go to Netflix RIGHT NOW and watch Season 2 Episode 2 of Parts Unknown. I'll wait. 


Ok. You're back. Thanks for checking that out. Aside from the bull fighting I really enjoyed that episode! Did you? I hope so! Anyway, now you see why I so badly want to go to Spain! I would go anywhere in Spain, but Granada is one of the last cities to truly have Tapas. 

What are Tapas you ask?
They are a small dish of food served with the purchase of a drink. You eat them standing as a pre meal nibble. 

Yep. That's right. The truth comes out. It's all about the food for me. 


 If you didn't know already in Granada there are places where you purchase a drink and you get your individual serving of food FREE. 

Yep. My mind was BLOWN. There are so many exciting ramifications to this! Most importantly however is the variety of new things I could presumably try for the 1st time! GAH!!! I would love it!

THAT is why Granada in Spain is at the top of my Bucket List now. 

SOMEDAY. I will go. 

SOMEDAY!

What is your #1 Bucket List item?