What are the pros and cons of homeschooling

I think my list will have more pros than cons. The only con I can think of is that I am with my children 24/7, which is pro and blessing too, depending on how the day goes. :)

Pros
- we get to instill our values in our children and control outside influences, that could otherwise be awful depending on friends, school etc.
- we get to be the authority over them without abdicating it to the state, public schools, teachers etc.
- we know where our children are at all times, no fear of danger (guns, stabbing, bullying, etc.) other than those who pass by our home
- our children receive one on one attention and small classroom sizes catered to their abilities and learning style
- our children's curriculum can be customized according to their interests and not just what is mandated by the state
- our children get to be each other's best friends
- before we had our farm, we could travel together any time of the year without the restrictions "school days"

Oh there's tons more I could post but I won't bombard you. These I think are the most important ones to my husband and I.

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    12/06/13
    Theresa, what about you? Were you homeschooled?

    My public school was not only education but real school of life for me. I learned how to make friends, to defend my point of view, how to find a common language with different people and much more. And also I'm sure I had the best teachers - not all, of course, but some of them were excelent in job. They did all the best for us and I remember them with great warm and gratitude.

    But I agree with all you pros - it's totally true.
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    09/05/13
    8Theresa Gould
    Nope, I was not homeschooled. I went to public school all my life, then on to a small private college. I knew of a family who homeschooled and I babysat for them all throughout my teen years.

    My children interact with adults and children alike. We take them to markets and vendor exhibits where they meet new people.
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    09/05/13
    Theresa, I'm sure all your kids are well socialized - just because they communicate with each other, and in fact there are 8 kids in your family!)) And also because of you - you are the best example for them).

    Could you please tell us how do you manage homeschooling kids different ages?
    Does the older kids help you to teach the younger ones?
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    01/23/14
    8Theresa Gould
    Sorry, I missed this Mariya Kvitkovskaya. Our older girls help choose their curriculum based on their interests and do the bulk of the work themselves. When they can read, they can learn. The key thing to remember is homeschooling is not necessarily public school at home. We go at whatever pace our children learn. We customize curriculum based on interest.

    Sometimes our older girls will help with the younger ones, but I prefer them not have to do that as it's our responsibility not theirs.
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    09/05/13
    8Theresa Gould
    Real life is within the family. If you do not learn to get along with your own family, you will have a hard time getting along with anyone else in the world. Public school is not real life. When we go to the store we do not see age segregated shopping. In the work place there is not age segregation. Sorry, real life begins in the home and with family.
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      I know some friends that were home schooled... Every single one of them, though grateful for their mom's efforts and time at home and no regrets, they all wish that they had been a part of a school ... some how..
      I think that you can home school and shelter kids but if you still have them in sports, etc then what's the real difference?

      I personally like my kids in school. I need the time to work and I'm with them 24/7 like you are.. it's nice to get the separation.. it's needed... it's welcomed... They are so excited to see me (and I them) and tell me about their day.. etc....

      Home schooling to me seemed great in theory... Let me know how ti goes.. PROPS to anyone who can give that much patience to their kids... I can barely deal with homework...lol..
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      8Theresa Gould
      Patience is something that grows with you and it is pretty annoying when people commend me that I have that much patience to deal with my children all day long. My patience has grown from what it was when I had one child to what it is today having eight children.

      We get to control the curriculum our children are taught and that's a huge issue for us. Public schools are teaching socialist propaganda, the government's agenda. That's not something we want for our children.

      It's only been in the last year that I have been really tempted to put 1, 2 or 3 of my children in school due to the amount of conflict they were causing in our home, but my husband doesn't want them in public school and when all is said and done neither do I. It was just a way for me to escape my problems, the conflicts, rather than deal with them head on.

      And no, none of our children, including our 16 year old has any desire to go to school. The homeschoolers we know are grateful to be or have been homeschooled. I have yet to hear any of them say they missed out by not going to school

      I think there's a lot of misconceptions about homeschooling. It's not school at home, it's a way of life. We incorporate learning into every thing we do and that starts by teaching them to love to read and love to learn.
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      09/06/13
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      12/03/13
      8Theresa Gould
      Yes, she's thinking about what she's going to do and stressing about it. No stress from us, it's all from herself and her self-inflicted ideals or what she thinks other family members expect. :(
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        09/08/13
        Ah.. once again, I say, to each their own! What works for one family, might not at all work for another.. and that's okay. I do think there are going to be pros/cons for each side.. the dangers of going to school nowadays.. vs the socialization you don't get in the unique school setting staying at home. I realize you are socialized with your family.. but I also think being independent of your family growing up in SOME instances, can really help shape a young child. But kudos to you Theresa.. sounds like your kiddos are all thriving.. and that's all everyone wants, right? :) (claps)
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        12/03/13
        8Theresa Gould
        Our kids do get socialization. That's such a myth about socialization. We go to farmers markets, church, church events, piano recitals, on farm activities and events. Our kids get socialization with people of all ages not just peers. Where in the real world do people in jobs get segregated by age? No where. So I believe they are getting a real view and experience of socialization.
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          03/17/14
          8Theresa Gould
          From a variety of places.....Christian Liberty Press and Rainbow Resources are two of the main ones. I use to get many things at the homeschool curriculum fair at our state's homeschool conference and used ones hosted locally.
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          ***Baby Team Leader Moms.com*** I have been married for over 20 years. My husband and I have eight children ages 18 down to 4 years old. We use to live in Chicago but now live in Canada. I own www.FaithandFamilyReviews.com.