This is it. After discussing and weighing the pros and cons, we have decided to embark on a road less traveled — homeschooling. Our decision really started out of a desire to unburden Star of added pressures from her health issues.
Please don’t get me wrong. Homeschooling is NOT always the solution to long absence in school. Nor is it the only option for children with health issues. In fact, a few years ago, when our son got sick and had to be on leave for three months, we never considered homeschool. What we did was home study to make up for the lessons he missed in school. After three months, he went back and started attending classes regularly again.
Our journey now is different. There are several factors that led us to the decision which I will share in the future. But for now, I just feel good about homeschooling and I think I’ve found a new advocacy on top of hemophilia.
I promised to share tips for beginners like us. So here we go:
- Research. When we started toying the idea of homeschooling, I read articles and blogs on its advantages and disadvantages. With my very crazy work schedule, I had always feared I couldn’t succeed in homeschooling. My notion before of homeschooling was that it is like traditional schooling but in a home setting with mommy and daddy as teachers. But I read some articles that said it doesn’t have to be that way. While there is a curriculum to follow, you can choose how you embark on the learning process with your child.
- Consult other home schooling parents. While homeschooling books and internet resources are very helpful, nothing beats hearing from other parents their first-hand experiences. There are many things to consider when homeschooling, like schedules if you’re also working, who teaches what, and the curriculum to enrol your child in.
- Involve the family in decision-making. The decision to homeschool does not lie solely on the homeschooling parent or on the child involved. It has to be a family decision. If the child is transitioning from a traditional school to a homeschool setting, you need to consult how he/she feels towards it. Homeschooling is not for everybody.
- Find the best curriculum to suit your needs. We’re blessed that Star’s school has allowed her to continue the curriculum at home. So we don’t have to find a new curriculum for her. But not all schools allow homeschool arrangements. In fact, Star is the only one allowed by her school and only because they know her condition. But there are already many curricula available for homeschool. Choose one that you think will best suit your and your child’s needs.
It’s still too early for me to share successes or difficulties. After all, we just finished our first week. But so far, Star and I are both having fun. The advantage of homeschooling a high schooler is that the child needs very minimal supervision.
Also, I can take my “student” to work. In fact, we agreed that three times a week, she will be my “apprentice.” For our first week, she attended two client meetings. I asked her to take down notes and make a report. In between, she worked on her bucket list, her first project under “mommy’s school.”
For starters, here are some helpful links:
There are unlimited resources on homeschooling online. Be sure to read both the advantages and disadvantages before deciding to embark on your homeschooling journey.