When I "published" my previous post, I was actually a little nervous because I knew I would step on some toes. I knew I would offend some readers although; I also knew I'd offend very few readers because...well...I HAVE very few readers. That's one good thing about having a teeny tiny little blog with a teeny tiny number of readers; you can write almost anything you want and nobody will know about it. I have often wondered if publishing a very controversial post would bring people out of the wood work and make my comments reach double digits. Trouble is, I can't think of anything REALLY controversial. Probably because I'm afraid of confrontation and don't really want to make anybody mad at me.
Anyway, in an effort to show homeschooling mothers everywhere that I do respect them and I would love to know more about their choice, I would like to ask some questions. Keep in mind that these questions are being asked in the most respectful of ways. I am neutral in my asking. I just want to learn your viewpoint. Because the best way to come together with somebody with whom you might disagree is to learn their side of the story. And I just want everybody to get along. I don't want tension on this blog of mine. I don't like blog tension. I don't like blension.
So, home schoolers, please answer my questions in the comment sections, or leave a link to your blog so I can read all about you.
Ok here we go:
1. What was your motivation for homeschooling? Was it based on religious reasons? Was is it based on curriculum - did you want more freedom in choosing what your children were being taught? Was it based on socializing - wanting to have more control in the people with whom your children came into contact with? Was it based on logistics - the nearest school being 20 miles away? What made you finally decide to go this route?
2. Don't hate me for asking this. How to you handle socialization? What steps do you take to make sure your children are around other children and adults? Are you active in a home school group? Do you spend a lot of time at church activities? Maybe you utilize the local Y for activities and they meet friends there?
3. Do you use the public school system for any part of your child's routine? Some children here come to the school for band or chorus, or maybe for science class. Do you send your child to the public school to take advantage of any of their programs?
4. Do your children begin and end school at the same time each day? Do they have a strict schedule, at least as far as waking up and reporting to the school area of your home? If not, when/how will you transition your children into following a more rigid schedule - awaking at the same time each day so that they can follow a routine outside of the home like for college and work?
5. How many spelling bees has your child won? Oh, I'm kidding. We all know most of the recent national spelling bee winners have been home schooled children. I just wanted to throw a little funny in there?
6. Do you have a sense of humor? It's probably a little late for me to ask that but...
7. Where do you find your curriculum? Do you shop for it and order it? Do you create your own?
8. Do you have any worries at all about teaching your teenagers the higher level math and sciences? I, for one, could not teach chemistry to my children but I could probably teach them calculus. Is this a concern for you?
9. What bothers you the most about the reputation home schoolers have? What things do you hate to hear people say about you for your choice? I really hope you don't say that it's my previous post.
10. Be honest, do you, at least in your mind sometimes, judge those of us who choose public school? Do you ever think we are making a bad choice for our children? Are you vocal about that disapproval?
11. Is "home school" one word or two? I've seen it both ways. With spellcheck, it shows it as ONE word when used as a verb, but two words when used otherwise. Please enlighten me.
Um...that's it. I look forward to your responses. And if you have any homeschooling friends, send them on over to weigh in.