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Monday, November 06, 2006

"To homeschool or not to homeschool" that is the question

Taylor didn't want to go to school again this morning. I have no idea what to do with him. Earlier in the year I was considering home school after talking to some of my friends who have complaints about public school. I went and visited classrooms and in general looked over how things are run at the school Taylor in currently in. All of my concerns were addressed at that time and I made the decision to keep him in school. I thought the issue was done and over with. The last week or so Taylor has begged me every morning to let him stay home. He likes his teacher, he likes his classmates, he can do the work even if he works a bit slower than the others. I'm not sure what the deal is. I've always felt that all day everyday would be to long for him and he seems to just want to be home. I gave in today. As soon as I said he could stay home he went and got some school workbooks that I had bought for him and wanted to started doing schoolwork. I don't think he just wants to be lazy. I don't know if this is just a phase or if he really would thrive at home. I do know that he works slowly and deliberately and that has caused problems at school. I wonder if he just needs more time.

So my option are: Keep him in school and fight with him about it everyday.
Take him out of school and teach him myself.
Put him in a hybrid "Family school" that integrates both homeschooling and being in a classroom setting.

There are pluses and minuses to all of them. I really feel like if I'm going to experiment, Kindergarten is the time to do it. I just want to do what is best for him and I don't know what that is.


  1. Hmmm... I think Homeschool is great and plan on homeschooling my biological kids (if I have any) once they hit middle school. I worry when Ethan doesn't want to go to school but that hasn't been such a problem this year with a different teacher than last (less homework).
    I say Pray about it. ;)

  2. I started home school this year with our oldest. The younger 2 are in public school still. I was nervous to be the "teacher" but am actually glad I started home schooling. I think as the other children seem ready to learn and listen to me as a teacher then I will pull them out as well. Pray about it and don't be afraid to do it if you feel you should. I am really glad I decided to.

  3. Joshua liked kindergarten, but with each year has liked school less and less. We found out last year that he has A.D.D. which makes it really hard for him to focus, something to consider. My first question would be, did Taylor go to preschool? Perhaps he is just having seperation anxiety and needs a little bit of mommy reassurance that all is well and change is good. If you decide to keep him where he is for a bit, he might work it out on his own. Or maybe he needs a nudge to show him you're still around, like coming to help out on a day when Grandma or someone nearby can take care of the other little ones. If that's not the case and he is just genuinely unhappy, you're right that now is the time to experiment. I often wonder if we should have had Joshua take another round of Kindergarten, holding him back now would be much more traumatic.