I realize that I have a few years yet before Raeca goes off to school but I’ve been finding myself thinking about the topic a lot lately, especially after talking about the options with a few friends over the weekend.
The debate going around my head is: public school, Christian school or homeschool? We agreed on the weekend that there are positives and negatives to each aspect (though apparently I am the only one crazy enough to even consider homeschooling). Ultimately Jared and I will discuss it and figure out what is best but in the meantime I thought I would break down a few of my thoughts and would love to hear what others are thinking!
Just a little rundown of my school experiences so you know where I am coming from:
I started out in public school as a child and was moved to a Christian school at the beginning of grade 5. I was not very impressed with the move at the time but a large portion of that had to do with the fact that I didn’t make friends for a while (funny side note: one of the girls who decided she didn’t like me in grade 5 has ended up being one of my best friends. Oh how things change!). Looking back on the school switch now I know my parents made the right decision for me. When I was in grade 4 I started to care about being popular and getting into the “right” (aka cool) crowd. I think I would have easily caved under peer pressure as the years went on and would not be where I was today had I stayed there. Let me just say: this is not a bash against public school, I’m just saying that it was right for me.
Now as a substitute teacher I work in public schools and a Christian school and I have to say, the kids in the Christian school are much more respectful as a whole.
I don’t have any personal experience with homeschooling but I know of many people that were homeschooled as well as know of some who are homeschooling.
Now onto my thoughts about the different kinds of schools:
– I like that my children could be a witness to their friends and be able to invite them to Sunday school, kids clubs, etc.
– If my kids get to know other kids in their class that gives me an opportunity to get to know their parents and maybe witness to them
– It’s free
– It’s close
– More chances of my children hearing things I don’t want them to hear at such a young age (it’s amazing the vulgar things that can come out of the mouth of a kindergartner)
– Won’t be taught from the Bible
– They are taught from the Bible and have chapel each week (chapel was always my favorite part)
– They would probably be in the same class as some of the kids from Sunday School
– It’s a smaller school
– It’s expensive
– Teachers slip through the cracks that don’t necessarily teach from the Bible
– Many parents seem to believe that because they send their kids to a Christian school they think they don’t need to teach them from it
– I can teach how/what I want to (no, it’s not a power thing, but it is nice to know what your kids are learning, I think that’s the teacher in me)
– They could go through the lessons faster since we wouldn’t be waiting for 20-30 kids to finish the assignment
– If any of my kids have any delays or developmental problems I would be able to spend extra time working with them
– I could go on every field trip 🙂
– We could travel the world and still educate our kids (the couple behind Blue Lily Photo will always be my heroes for that)
– I would always be with my kids (everyone needs some time apart)
– I wouldn’t be able to go back to work full-time
– I would have to make sure they are good at socializing because a problem that I have seen with many homeschooling kids is that they aren’t able to socialize well since they don’t see a bunch of peers each day
Okay, there are my (current) pros and cons lists. What do you think? Do you have anything to add? Where do you plan on (or currently) send your kids? I would love to hear your answers!