Tuesday, January 21, 2014
How Do I Get My Kid Excited for Homeschooling?
Our plan is to homeschool our kids. Sly is only three and a half, so I haven't started anything formal with him yet. But he's at the age where he's starting to become aware of this mysterious thing called "school":
- We see school buses on the roads, and he always asks about where the kids are going, and why.
- Certain books and shows that he's read/seen depict kids in school.
- People at the supermarket often ask him questions about whether he's excited to go to school when he gets bigger.
- Some of his second cousins who are a little older than him stop home for a lunch break from school while we're visiting.
So to Sly, school is this great thing that "big kids" get to do, and he assumes that like the other kids he sees, he'll be going there soon as well. He's even said a few times, "when I get big, I'm gonna go to school!". I've tried to gently suggest that there might be alternatives. I've said things like, "well, Sly...I think we're going to learn things at home instead. It'll be fun - we can do things that you wouldn't be able to do at school." But he just gets upset, and insists that he will go to school.
I still have some time, so what can I do to help him get on board with our decision?
Maybe I should ask my cousin who homeschools (her nine kids, with another on the way!!) if we can come hang out with them more :-)
On a related note, if you haven't seen it yet, check out Homeschool Barbie (no, it's not real!). This hilariously hits on many of the stereotypes of homeschoolers.