I first thought about home educating my children when I was in High School, and have done ever since. Of course, since being married I then had another person to discuss and decide it with. My husband wasn’t completely set on the idea at first, but after discussing it and doing our own research, he agreed to home educate. This doesn’t mean we now completely disagree with public schooling and look down on parents who choose to do that. We have just decided that this is right for our family, and these are just a few reasons why.
I personally hated school. I hated going, I hated the long hours, I was constantly bullied and overall I felt like it was a place where I didn’t belong. I had a different learning style from the so called normal, so I wasn’t able to pick up things as well as other people in my class. I preferred sitting down alone with my teacher and having it explained to me in ways I could understand, but obviously teachers are unable to constantly give one student their full attention. I didn’t do well, and therefore never finished my further education. I truly believe that if I had been home educated, I would be telling you a completely different story.
Something that people always bring up when they learn that we are home educating is that Chunks won’t have a lot of socialisation. But she will have plenty of opportunities. Chunks will be going to plenty of children’s clubs, there are local mother and toddler groups and our families. My mother had me young and so now I have younger siblings that are just a little older than Chunks, so she will grow up with them too.
We are really looking forward to being able to teach Chunks and our future children things like gardening, budgeting and space (curtesy of my husband) among many others things whilst exploring, learning and growing all together. Every child is unique and different, and each learn in their own ways, by home educating we are able to teach Chunks with her best interests at heart.