Our two daughters were home schooled. The are both grown and on their own. Both started going to a junior college at 16 before they went on to Universities after that. All in all I endorse home schooling, only if the parents are committed.
With hindsight I can see today lots of positives to home schooling. The only thing I can say we would have done different if we had the opportunity to do it all over again is we would have plugged into a local home schooling group for social activities than we did and even some far out adventures most public school kids would never have the opportunity to do.
It is not that our daughters actually missed anything in the “social” realm. Rather, it is that for years they thought they did because everyone outside the homeschooling movement told them they were.
Now that they are both older they are much more appreciative of the skills gained from home schooling for self learning and inquiry compared to their their government schooled peers, and how such skills have made them more independent and self starting.
>>we would have plugged into a local home schooling group for social activities than we did and even some far out adventures most public school kids would never have the opportunity to do.<<
People are always amazed when they ask the “big” questions, “What about Socialization? What about Prom?!?”
First I quote FReeper Oberon , “My wife and I were also concerned that our children would miss out on the socialization available in the public schools...so once a week we take our kids into the bathroom, cuss at them, push them around, steal their lunch money, and offer them drugs, and that seems to take care of it.”
When I stop laughing, I point out that our Homeschool Prom has always been on the Detroit Princess Cruise ship. AND it’s only 75.00 a couple.
I top it off with the fact that we have done Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, Niagara Falls and Cedar Point when all the other kids were in school. We never waiting in a line.
That’s when they blush and look away, telling me how great their PS is because their kids do Lego Robotics. I tell them that my girls can’t fit another club into their social schedules after Polish Dance, Tween meetups, HS lasertag, Euchre tournaments, Latin class, Writing class, quilt club and aerobics. We have Saturdays off.