With all the schooling choices available out there (homeschool, private, public), picking one seemed a little daunting. I was concerned about having enough time to research and pick the right one. Savannah is only three and a half years old, but time passes quickly and I didn’t want this to sneak up on me. The last thing I wanted was us to be scrambling to make a decision when it came time to enroll in one.
I am a huge supporter of homeschooling, especially when done right. Meaning learning is structured and complete; children are involved in other activities that build their social skills as well. The schooling can be easily worked around farm chores. No time is lost through commuting to a school or because of snow days. Studies can be easily supplemented with an active imagination and initiative. (Take a hike after reading about forest ecosystems to see it first hand, family trips can double for learning about other areas and history, etc.) A curriculum must be chosen from many and paid for in time to begin schooling. Parents have to make sure they have the time and willingness to be responsible for all their child’s schooling.
Private schools vary a lot depending on which you are interested in. One north of us that friends use is an academy that divides time: three days are onsite, two are home study. Private schools function on money made from the tuition paid in and private donations, which I prefer on principle over government funding.
Public schooling is a no-brainer for most folks given the fact that we all have taxes extracted to pay for it and it keeps the kids most of the day. I personally don’t care too much for the system, but I try to not rail on it. The problems I see it having are mostly the fault of the governing bodies and certain varieties of parents, not the majority of the teachers that are so frequently blamed. However, with recent events involving the targeting of schools for violence, peer pressure, and the occasional bad seed on faculty, I do worry about going the public school route.
I believe we have settled in on the perfect combination though. The public school my husband attended (Deer/Mt. Judea) set up a digital learning program a couple years back. The state of Arkansas allows us to pick what public school we use (though our tax dollars still go to the one in our district). We just have to submit a form for school choice to Deer/Mt. Judea and sign up for their digital learning. The school will provide the curriculum and supplies for me to teach Savannah at home. It also helps the school (which is smaller) from running the risk of being consolidated with another bigger school. (Don’t even get me started on the stupidity of consolidations.)
Anyway, I’m still reading up on the curriculum the school’s program uses, but I think this will be a great way to go. We would do quarterly testings at least and I would submit updates on our progress as we go. It also will make Savannah eligible for field trips, sports and other activities sponsored by the school. I’m very excited to have this decision settled (basically) on such a great option. It’s certainly a load off my mind.