Yes, our kids DO NOT attend school.
I have blogged about homeschooling so many times already, see here.
Just as I have blogged about it several times, I’ve been asked “Why did you homeschool them?” so many times over. So really, why? I mean, why are you even questioning our reasons? At first, answering them was okay but it can get annoying over time. There are times that I am tempted to answer “GMG” to give them enough knowledge on why families choose the harder path called homeschooling. It’s so sickening that no matter how much I try to let it not get in my nerves, it still does.
Initially, I wanted to cite examples of successful homeschoolers, how they thrive in college and graduate, get into businesses, succeed in their jobs, etcetera, etcetera, but that’s going to be pointless when these people do not know the very reason why we homeschool. Every time they ask me that, it’s like they’re looking for a canned answer on why homeschooling can be beneficial to everyone.
- Homeschooling is LEGAL
- Homeschooling is not for everyone but it is what we think is best for OUR family
- Homeschooling is a choice
REASONS WHY WE HOMESCHOOL
I no longer believe in the whole educational system
Now, can you really blame me? I’ve seen the worst and gave it 4 whole years of understanding but thank you sir, I’ve had enough. My husband and I were paying 5 figures on tuition fees, books, uniforms and whatnot. Add that Genyo on our fees, which I believe is a total rip-off. I mean, come on, why would I pay P4,000 for an online diary with lessons coming from YOUTUBE? Di bumenta sa amin ang Genyo, sorry. Homeschool vs. Traditional school? I can go on and on, I might bore you.
Yona and Lana love being homeschooled
I could speak for Yona because Lana is still too young to understand things. Homeschooling is not easy, my kids have specific individual tasks to finish every single day and my kids know this, so before I pulled her out of traditional school, I asked her first if she would like to learn at home and she said yes. Looking at her now, I don’t see any remorse at all. Should I have seen a hint of hesitation from her, I might have reconsidered school, but fortunately no. She was okay with the idea and she is doing fine now.
We have plans to travel, go backpacking perhaps?
Now this is a nicer way of saying that I hate her missing “lessons”, being graded unfairly because of “absences”. With our current set-up, we can pack up and go whenever and wherever we want without thinking about excuse letters, missed lessons and all.
They learn at their own pace, something impossible in the traditional school setting
“Mom, I am doing better because my questions get answered di gaya sa school.” Really, do we expect the teacher to answer every possible question of the students? In my years in school, I’ve been accustomed to the “Makinig para walang tanong” rule of the teacher. In reality, there would always be questions after a discussion and what happens in school suppresses the curiosity of the kids. Sad reality. At home, it took me a while to encourage her to ask questions if she couldn’t understand something. I always tell her to ask questions instead of pretending that you already understand everything.
We want them to learn on their own
If you think that I sit down with Yona every day, teach her like how a teacher does, you’re wrong. You will usually see Yona reading on her own, answering her own questions and I am just there, listening and validating what she’s reading and helping her get through difficult lessons. This is how they do it in college, right? And for that, we are training her. College is survival and so is life. Homeschooling is her training ground.
Socialization? They socialize better.
When homeschooling is mentioned, expect the “S” word right after. Silly! We educate them, we socialize our dogs! We do not keep our kids inside our home every day. We go out often, be with kids and interact socially with people older or younger than them. They are not missing out on anything, IMHO.
“Oh, Yona is still shy!” Do not ever blame homeschooling for Yona’s shyness. She was shy even before she was sent to school and after 4 years of being “socialized” in traditional brick and mortar school, she still came out shy. She is SHY and homeschooling has nothing to do with that.
By the way, Lana is very sociable and she has not been sent to school yet. Get it?
…And many other reasons
Don’t you just love malling when there are few people, say Tuesday and Thursday mornings? Museum visits when everyone is in school and office? Waking up at 8am or 10am? Having the whole zoo or playground to yourself?
There are just so many reasons. And while I admit that not everyone will agree to these reasons, I expect respect.
I posted this status last night, along with the photo above:
We understand that “homeschooling” maybe the craziest thing for you, but really, we were in our healthiest when we decided to do it for our kids.
We have reasons, valid reasons that you may not understand. But just because you don’t understand homeschooling, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
Families homeschool for different reasons, just as you have your own reasons to send your kids to school. It is not for everyone, just as school – which is certainly not for us. So please respect us, like how we have respected your decision to put your kids in school.
Homeschooling is hard work. It is the choice we made for our family so please don’t look down on us like we did something really, really wrong for our kids. Like you, we only want what’s best for them and we see that homeschooling IS the best.