I was reading The Pioneer Woman's homeschooling post this morning. And it actually got me thinking about homeschooling! I have been very anti-homeschooling from the beginning- even before my mothering career! I was in public school- and I turned out fine! (more than fine- I'm a college graduate- and not to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty intelligent!) The state of our public schools, especially in our resident state is probably pretty appalling. But I went to school here. And yes, there were a lot of missteps and shortcomings to my education, but my parents worked really hard to give me the extra help I needed. I had a couple tutors and went to an amazing afterschool system, Sylvan. (I highly recommend it, if you need it) I do believe I have a sort of numerical dyslexia. (I don't even know if that's a real condition- so there's that) I'm bad with math. Astonishingly bad at math. (which is why I married someone who is good at math. Surprisingly, I'm good at finances, though! So that's something!) I would not feel at all comfortable teaching my kids anything above elementary addition and subtraction. Forget about multiplication tables, and algebra. But I am good with reading, literature, science, (the part that does not involve math) art, (of course, Art Degree!) as well as some complex thinking ideas. Don't even get me started with my whole system of getting around "the system" employed by "the man." It's a long and drawn out, complicated web of my superior intelligence. (lol;-Ok, that was a bunch of rambling and nonsensery!) But still. I think I could teach the kids and do a decent job.
The question is: could I still keep my sanity while homeschooling? Could I stay home with the kids all day, every day? That, I am completely not sure about.
And that makes me sound like a bad mom. I love my kids. I love them to the ends of the earth. But I need some space from the sass. They are too comfortable around me. They are much more well behaved in public, with teachers in their nursery school, with babysitters, anyone else but me, it seems.
The twins also have their own socialization issues. (which I plan on remedying with some preschool- either this year or next. And some out of the house activities on their own) I think they need time by themselves, with their own circle of friends, to become their own individual person.
Right now, they are small, and they have lots of time to grow. But I can see their little identities are very linked with one another. They still maintain their own language/communication outside the traditional means. (They may be telepathic with one another. It's a bit kooky to think about- but it's a reality, I'm pretty sure of it) I'm worried they are too glued to each other- I know they'll always have a "special bond," I just don't want it to hinder their development. I'm pretty firm in my belief that they need their own interests, friends, real world experience. Something I'm afraid I cannot really offer them if I homeschool full time.
I'm sure I will be mulling this over a lot. I'm also sure you all have some pretty strong opinions on the subject. Opinions I would not mind a bit hearing, in fact.
It's a polarizing subject, (let's just be nice to each other about it) but I would love some feedback!
The sisters that pick their noses together, stay together, right?