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And would you do it?

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#1 Saiga Antelope

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:26 PM

I have been thinking about homeschooling our daughter, and is it just me, or is it becoming more common?  

What do you think?  And would you do it?  

#2 Phascogale

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:30 PM

I think it's probably become a bit more mainstream.

As for what I think - it's a valid choice of education for certain people.  Some kids need that sort teaching for many different reasons ie bullied at school and nothing being done, struggling at school and not getting the help they need, gifted and not having a curriculum that interests and keeps a child engaged in learning etc.  It may be that there isn't a school that matches their kids in their locality and rather than travel for long distances they choose to homeschool.

As for me.  No I wouldn't homeschool unless I had no choice.  I see it's value but my kids seem to respond better to teachers who aren't me for their academic stuff.  I don't have a lot of patience and because I have a school that meets my childs' needs,I don't need to modify my behaviour (and the kids) in order to homeschool.

#3 cinnabubble

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:32 PM

I thought about it in the first two weeks of my first daughter's first year of school and then I realised how fabulous her teacher was and how much school has given her. I know homeschooling people and they have good reasons for doing it and it works for them.

For my social, neurotypical, curious, spirited, academically average child, school has been brilliant. If problems appear further down the line, we'll reassess then.

Edited by cinnabubble, 29 December 2012 - 03:32 PM.

#4 Mamacass2

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:32 PM

A friend of mine is going to do it with her girls and has done lots of research into it, she has looked into unschooling specifically though. I would do homeschooling if we could afford it. Possibly for the majority of the primary school years.

#5 Sif

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

We started out homeschooling and moved our kids into school when they asked for the experience. At that school (a regular suburban PS in the eastern burbs of Melbourne), we've seen one child go to school four days a week, also one of my eldest's friends left school at the end of last year (year five) and was homeschooled all this year and will probably continue to be homeschooled throughout highschool. One of my second son's friends was pulled out early in term three this year and was homeschooled for the rest of the year and will be next year before going to a private girl's high school (the parents felt she wasn't being taught comprehensively enough for the highschool she would be entering).

So, yes, it seems to be becoming rather mainstream around here, too.

#6 Expelliarmus

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

I don't think it's becoming necessarily more common - just more noticed/talked about in mainstream circles.

I don't think it's a bad thing but no, I wouldn't do it. I believe that for my very non quirky, ordinary kids the local school has access to far better resources that I can fund. I also think other people are better suited to teaching my children. I found the same as a child - my mum tried to teach me the piano ... *shudder*

My children also deal well with and require the kind of socialisation that school offers.

#7 skooch

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

I have home schooled for 4 years now and have found that the network of home educators  in our area is increasing.

I have found it really works for us, my son is a year ahead in work now and able to start a TAFE or Uni course early.

We started as we found the public system was just not working. The teachers were rather uninspiring and they had no time. Plus there were so many distractions such as kids getting in trouble, a couple of times classes were on lock down due to students attacking each other etc. We made the decision to home school and it has been great for the whole family. Really glad we made the change.

#8 Alina0210

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:46 PM

Access to Internet, online support groups and information ha deffinatly helped Homeschooling becomeore 'normal'.... I know quite a few people home schooling for various reasons.

#9 snuffles

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:51 PM

I don't know if it's more common.  I'd consider it I felt that it would benefit my kids.  However I suck at teaching, get frustrated easily and find the kids are perfectly capable of driving me crazy even when they are at school 5 days a week.

The public school they are at now I am perfectly happy with, so we'll continue with that.

#10 Lagom

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:57 PM

There's no way I could provide DD with what she gets from her school.  Having said that, we have been lucky enough to have found a great school with great teachers.
I know more than a handful of people who home school their kids and I think for the most part it's been the right decision for the child/family.  
I would definitely consider home schooling if I couldn't find an appropriate school that could meet my children's needs.  Thankfully, we aren't in that position. original.gif  I'm not sure I'd love doing it and I think that's important.

eta cause I didn't actually answer the question!  I'm not certain it's becoming more common but I do think it is becoming more 'mainstream' than in the past.

Edited by amabanana, 29 December 2012 - 04:02 PM.

#11 Mitis angelam

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:57 PM

I like the idea in theory.  In practice, even if it is best for DD, if I had wanted to be a teacher, I would have studied teaching!  I suspect I would be lousy at it and miserable, so I'm not seriously considering it at this point.  Now, if I could convince DH to do the teaching bit...  wink.gif

#12 JJ

Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:12 PM

I think once you open yourself up to the idea, you just become more aware of other people who are doing it.

I've homeschooled DD for one term, so we're still at the very beginning of our HS journey, but already I've come across a fair few people who are doing it/are interested in doing it/will be doing it/used to do it. And I'm not someone who talks to everyone, IYKWIM. It's been quite amazing.

So maybe it has always been more common than people think. I don't know.

I think it was the right choice for us, for now - DD is a different child, it has made such a difference to her wellbeing, and I'm amazed at how much work she got done in just one term (and at how much I've learnt alongside her). Ironically, she probably gets far more social (quality) interaction now that she's not at school because she has the energy for it, whereas before was too worn out to care much about playing with friends etc. But I'm not anti-school and I'm open to the idea of her returning to school one day if she wishes to.

It's a tough gig for the parents - I don't know how anyone does it with several children! Definitely not an "easy way out" or anything like that - not if you take it seriously and want to comply with the govt rules.

Not every child can cope at mainstream school and not every child would benefit from being homeschooled. For me, it was always one of those things I liked in theory but didn't think I'd ever be doing... not until I realised DD wasn't coping at school.

Edited by JJ, 29 December 2012 - 04:15 PM.

#13 Funwith3

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:34 PM

No I would not do it. My daughter loves school. She loves her teachers, she loves her friends, she loves the sport. I also love the time it gives me.

#14 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:07 PM


Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:39 PM.

#15 Luxe

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:20 PM

My sister home schools I think 4 of her 6 children. Yes they are learning faster than regular school. They are all very smart but what concerns our family most (outside of my sisters) is that the children might not have the social resilience eg. dealing with rejection and conflict out in the real world because they are so sheltered.

#16 Cath42

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:23 PM

I think that for some families, it's a really good alternative to what's on offer in schools. And when we consider how much time is spent at primary school doing things that don't count as school work, home schooling isn't necessarily terribly time-consuming. For my kids, the school system works (although for some time I had my doubts with respect to my eldest) - but I know that for some families, it doesn't. I have to work full time, so it's just as well school works for my kids. I don't know how I'd manage if it didn't.

I think what I'd find hard is not the actual teaching - especially if I found a good maths tutor. What I'd find hard would be finding ways to keep my kids interacting with other kids a lot and learning about team work and group work. I guess playing sport would be a good place to start, and I have a lot of friends who home school so I know that there are really good networks in capital cities and kids get together often. I suspect it's a lot tougher for rural and regional parents.

#17 Soontobegran

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:30 PM

I would never have contemplated it for our children. I did not think for one minute that I would have the skills to do so and that I would leave that to the professionals trained to do that job.
I was very particular about choosing the right schools for our children however.

#18 mama123

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

I think people are becoming aware of it as a genuine option now. It is amazing how many people are out there homeschooling once you take the time to look. The internet has been a wonderful resource.

We will be homeschooling. I like to think of myself as a facilitator, not a teacher.

#19 MsFeralPerthFembo

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

I've never met anyone IRL who homeschools or was homeschooled so I don't think it is common in my area.

Homeschooling never occurred to me as a possible option until I read this series of posts on a blog I subscribe to:


It definitely made me think about the benefits of homeschooling and how it could be really good for some kids and families.

Though it's not something DH and I feel we would be good at so would not be a good fit for us.

Edited by JBaby, 29 December 2012 - 06:53 PM.

#20 lizzzard

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

QUOTE (Ange Vert @ 29/12/2012, 04:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like the idea in theory.  In practice, even if it is best for DD, if I had wanted to be a teacher, I would have studied teaching!  I suspect I would be lousy at it and miserable

This is me!

#21 seayork2002

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:07 PM

No, one main reason is I learnt more about life from the school experience rather than what I was taught

#22 EBeditor

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

I think it is a very valid choice for some families. It is not something I would ever do unless my children's needs were not being met by any school in our area. I have no patience, plus I really enjoy my job and would rather my children be taught by an enthusiastic teacher.

So far our public school experience has been great, but I know it varies for everyone.

#23 Saiga Antelope

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

I think is becoming more mainstream, as pp's have said.  And because I have been looking into it, I am noticing just how many home schoolers there are in my region.  

JBaby those links are excellent, thanks for posting them.  I especially love the one about socialization.  

We have not made our minds up.  I am for it, DH is uncertain.  I also worry about not having any time to myself!  Have a lot of thinking to do...


#24 Chelli

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:57 PM

I would do it if I felt my children's needs weren't being met, but I can't fault their educational experiences so far. We have some fabulous teachers at our local public school who genuinely love what they do.

In saying that, I do often daydream about taking a year off to travel around the country and home school the kids but life gets in the way of that plan, lol.

#25 newphase

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:09 PM

As others have stated, I think the big jump in info tech has seen it talked about more, and provided more info to those considering it as an option, or just interested in the topic overall. It has also allowed others such as myself to be made of aware of others who do actually HS because of forums such as EB and other more specific forums.

I know of one lady who has homeschooled, her son was a freind of my eldest sons for a while (their property backed on to our property). She started her son at school and he was failing miserably, she decided if he was going to fail then it would be because of her not a school. This yr in grade 5 he started back at school as her marriage broke down.

I could HS my daughter as she is an eager learner is disciplined and a great listener, (and I did consider it breifly later this yr as yr 7 was a disaster for her.... leading to an Autism diagnosis..still on the cards depending how we go in the future, term 4 was a vast improvement after many things worked out, school on board etc after diagnosis) .
DS1 has asked me to HS him like his friend and I said as I work FT I could not, and it would NOT work with him as he would NOT listen to me and never learn a thing as a result...to easily distracted to be at home learning with all his toys etc around him.

There are many reasons why homeschooling is a great option, would take dedication I don't think I possess though!

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