So, you’re thinking about pulling the plug on your child’s public education and teaching them yourself? Kinda scary. Or maybe you haven’t yet sent your child to school and are facing the Kindergarten Round Up season. Either way, this can be overwhelming to think about. When our oldest was little, I read an article about boys and schools. Basically the article said that boys don’t do as well in a traditional school environment as girls do. Homeschooling was always in my mind as an option for us, especially after reading that article. As my little guy grew, I realized that a typical 7 hour day of being in one room wasn’t going to work. Neither was being confined more or less to a chair and desk. We were definitely going to have to do something besides a traditional school method.
I went the local elementary school on Kindergarten Round Up night as well as a small church school that had a Transitional Kindergarten program. The teaching him to read part of homeschooling really made me nervous. I struggled with phonics when I was little and could see he was going to have the same issues as I did. Ultimately decided to put him in the Transitional Kinder program to solve this problem. It was a great in-between and I think a viable option for anyone who is nervous about this HUGE task of reading and writing. He went 3 days a week from 9-2pm in a class of 12 students with 2 teachers. He loved it.
What if this isn’t an option for you because you just plain don’t want to, can’t, or your child is older than Kinder? Don’t worry! It’s still not bad! We didn’t utilize the Transitional Kinder with our middle child and it’s been just fine!
Here is a break down to get started:
- Different kinds of homeschooling
- Choosing curriculum
- Are co-ops right for us?
- I’m still overwhelmed…help!!