If you didn't know, we are a homeschool family. We have been for almost 10 years now.
For many in our area, the end of the school year is upon us. Due to recent, horrific school shootings near our community and across the nation, many parents may be looking for a public school alternative. Many might not be able to afford private schools either.
The problem definitely needs to be fixed, but if I wasn't a homeschooler already, I wouldn't be waiting around for someone else to find a solution while my kids are left vulnerable in a place where they are supposed to feel safe.
Homeschool is an alternative you can explore. This blog will touch lightly on some points I would like to tell you about, then I will write another blog with more details.
First, I want you to know that we have F-U-N! Many people worry about socialization, but as I remember my teachers always telling me, "You don't come to school to socialize." Sure, there are the 30 minute lunch breaks and 5 minute class transfer times, but really how much productive, proactive socialization be done in that time? When we homeschoolers get together, the time is ONLY FOR SOCIALIZATION and fellowship, not only for the children but also for the the moms.
I will be the first to tell you it is not an easy task to keep your children in line, make sure goals are met, have to cook or provide food 2-3 times a day to keep said chidren fed?! Often times, we moms are tired from running our kids around from event to event so that our kids can see their friends in a positive environment. Moms need a break too.
We belong to a homeschool group that has over 100 families. Within our group there are different events: monthly themed meetings, field trips, play dates among specific age groups and other extra curricular activities that individual mothers may offer like Science Club, music lessons, drama club, P.E. and private tutoring.
Our Schedule in a Nutshell
Recent Field Trip
Homeschoolers Have Prom Too
Our group just finished planning and attending a Teen Bash/End of Year/Prom type event for our teens. Our theme was "Explore the World." It was held at The Aquarium and all the kids dressed up!
I decorated a table for London and France.
Our particular group is Christian based and we were able to play the music that the kids requested (based upon approval.) We even had a prom king and queen. The seniors and juniors who wished to be considered for king and queen were asked to submit an essay of not only his or her school achievements, but also any activities and interests they did to help their communities and their plans for the future...much like what a college essay might look like. The winners were decided by a committee of moms who read the essays. The reactions of the winners were so genuine. It made my heart happy! We have more pics but obviously they contain other people's children so I will not violate their privacy.
A couple more things you might like to know: You don't have to have a teaching degree, or any degree, to teach your own children. Texas is a very friendly homeschool state.
I wanted to tackle this issue of socialization right off the top. When you think about it, kids are socialized in other ways than school. Organized sports and church are just a couple of other ways kids can see other kids and have real life interactions with their peers.
As I stated, our homeschool group is Christian based. Many different faiths get together. There are secular based groups also.
Honestly, homeschooling is not easy. My kids don't want to do school any more enthusiastically than yours. But you don't have do it alone.