I'm going to go ahead and dispel some misconceptions or stereotypes right off the bat, just so you can know my heart and where I'm coming from in all of this. Some of it relates to homeschooling, but all of it relates to schooling in general.
1) The Need For Speed
I know of parents who want their kid to be the brainiac of the class, so they begin cramming their little head with information at a young age in hopes that their Einstein will be a shining star by the time they step into preschool. Let me go ahead and say that is not my ambition. I am following Cub's lead with this schooling thing. He just loves to learn. We're just getting into phonics and he asks to do it every day, several times a day. So, we do it! It's just the way he is. Naomi might (and probably will) be completely different, and that's great! I'll follow her lead the way I'm following his. If he gets frustrated or sick of it, we'll take a break.
2) Shelter From The Storm
The obvious homeschool stereotype is a very sheltered kid. I will not say that my desire is to shelter my kid, but I will say that I am honestly trying to decide what my role should be with him at this tender of an age. My friend Devi put it best as a comment to my original schooling post: One thing is for certain - I refuse to hand my small children -- emphasis on SMALL -- over to someone who teaches them unBiblical things. I wanted to jump through the screen and give her a high-five. That's exactly how I feel. This age is precious, impressionable, and overwhelmingly important in the creation of the foundational principles that will ultimately shape Cub's belief system. I know that people believe that children should be put in school to be, say, salt and light, but I have to ask, at what age are they supposed to be held to such a responsibility? Children are to honor their father and mother. That is their Biblical charge. If I can create a safe boundary for my small children -- emphasis on SMALL -- then I am going to do it. Again, I'm not sure what that will look like, but I am definitely praying that I will stay open-minded to all possibilities.
Okay. The anti-social thing. I know. Let me just put it this way: Kids mostly turn out like their parents. They just do. Sure, there are anti-social homeschoolers. Just like there are anti-social kids in public schools and private schools.
If you know me, then "anti-social" is probably the last word that comes to mind. Which means my kiddos will be busy with friends, no matter where they are.
Just some food for thought. :)
I'm not sure where I will be with schooling in two years. Cub might be starting preschool. If it is within our means, then he might be starting in a private Christian preschool. Ideally, we'll homeschool for a little while. If these next two years of mini-homeschooling turn out to be hilariously impossibly ridiculous and we cannot afford to send him to a Christian preschool or school, then he will go in public school, although at this point I do not see that happening. I have several friends who are educators in public schools and they are awesome. But my early childhood education was spent in a small private school, and I feel compelled to give Cub that same kind of opportunity (whether it's at a school or a homeschool co-op) while he is young. As he gets older, we'll take each year as it comes. That's when the salt and light come in.
Just like we do now--one step at a time.
Have a lovely day!