Tag - homeschooling pros and cons

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Homeschooling (Yes, This Again)
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Bookends: the Kids Who Struggle in a Classroom Environment
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Why I Won’t Homeschool My Kids
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How About Homeschooling? Part Two
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How About Homeschooling? Part One

Homeschooling (Yes, This Again)

Well, at least I didn’t say “never.”  Instead, fortunately, I said “won’t.” I love the saying “Never say never, never say always.”  It’s clever.  And most of the time it’s good advice…but there are exceptions.  For me, for example, those exceptions are: I will never like marmalade. I will never not get motion sick in an IMAX movie.   I will always love my family. I have written three posts on homeschooling, the most recent about how I won’t homeschool our kids and the reasons why.  Well, if I don’t swallow my words on this one, I (ahem) never will….

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Bookends: the Kids Who Struggle in a Classroom Environment

Imagine a single bookshelf.  Filling the entire length are books, books of varying thickness, topic and cover design.  They are different from one another but all are still books.  At each end of the shelf is a thin, metal bookend.  Present, but easily overlooked.  They are, of course, not books, but despite taking up very little room on the bookshelf, they still occupy the same space. Now think of a classroom of, say, 25 kids.  Most of those kids function pretty well in that setting.  Each child has his own strengths and weaknesses, interests and personality, but these students can…

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Why I Won’t Homeschool My Kids

A year ago, I wrote about whether or not to homeschool my older son and his brother and sister (How About Homeschooling? Part One and How About Homeschooling? Part Two).  In those posts, I described my concerns, thoughts and feelings and was pleased to receive some wonderful feedback from readers.  To all of you who shared your perspectives and positive experiences with educating your children at home, I thank you for providing food for thought.   But I knew my husband and I were going to need more information before making a decision…and that meant sending our kids back to public school…

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How About Homeschooling? Part Two

{Ok.  The first draft of “Part Two” was a mess.  The junk has been corralled and put out to pasture!  Below is the honed, endlessly-edited version.} To get this post organized I had to make a handwritten list of all the points I wanted to include.  (The definition of gravitas in our electronic world!)  Previously on May 13 (How About Homeschooling, Part One),  I wrote how a friend (an educator) and I talked the topic of homeschooling and our sugar-fueled discussion caused me to wonder about the possibility of homeschooling my son.  As I pondered, many thoughts and concerns came to…

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How About Homeschooling? Part One

{I have too many jumbled thoughts and the mental noise is deafening.  To clarify, this is not a researched, fact-filled piece, it is simply my attempt to coherently organize my thoughts and concerns, in two parts, on virtual paper.  Who knew almond croissants and coffee would fuel the blogging fire?} Sometimes the inspiration for blog posts takes me by surprise.  Recently a friend of mine and I (over the aforementioned treats) had an engaging discussion on the topic of homeschooling, an education alternative I never seriously considered for my children.   I attended public school from Kindergarten through twelfth grade….

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