Why we decided to homeschool: Part Three
Over Christmas Mike and I started talking more and more about homeschooling. I was a little nervous about it. After all, I was expecting our eighth child and well, would we be able to do it with so many children? What about GCSE’s and exams? Where would I have the time to research and prepare for so many, knowing how long it took when there was only Stephanie alone being homeschooled.
But then, we had set a lot of the groundwork when we were first thinking of taking Stephanie out of school. We already knew about homeschooling rights in the UK, about various organisations for support and information, and I even knew that as the main educator I personally preferred to have some kind of routine as opposed to going with the flow of autonomous education.
It seemed that removing Stephanie from the system had been the rehearsal for something bigger in the future, except we didn’t know it at the time.
Socialisation wasn’t an issue even though it’s one of, if not the first question people tend to ask. Real life socialisation is about mixing with different people of different ages in different environments. How many of us only mix with people the same age as us? It’s not about being stuck in a room six hours a day with thirty other people the same age as you in an environment where you aren’t supposed to chit-chat and play in anyway.
Even playtimes have gone all PC and Health and Safety mad. You can’t play British Bulldog or Tag any more. Even chasing and running games are out. What else are the children expected to do in a school for 4-11 year olds? Where is the socialisation there? Yet this is where a lot of concern lies for many!
Socialisation is about helping out with the church at the summer fete, it’s about learning dressmaking with a kind neighbour, it’s about another kind neighbour providing the opportunity to ride horses, or joining a sports club. Caitlin joined up with the Brownies and began Irish Dancing, and Harry joined up with the Beavers.
Those provide more socialisation than a classroom, and it’s real life socialisation at that.
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