JV is fairly unique in that she has one child at public school, one is homeschooled, and one child attends school part time (flexischooling).
Surely, if anyone could provide me with an unbiased view, she could! And she was happy to share with me her homeschooling pros and cons.
We started with what JV felt were the advantages of homeschool.
"One of the teachers was telling me how wonderful it was they had arranged for a spinner to come into the classroom for an afternoon to talk to the children about fibre-crafts. But we do this type of activity a lot as homeschoolers. It certainly isn't an opportunity that only schools can provide." We can have field trips when we need to, or visit friends or investigate something we thought about last week. Homeschooling is freeing!"
We then talked about what she felt were the disadvantages.
She said that with homeschooling there was often a natural enthusiasm for certain subjects in the home. But a good teacher at school could introduce and get children enthusiastic about new or different subjects, giving the children a positive experience of subjects that may not have been viewed quite so enthusiastically at home.
The other good thing about school, (and one of the main reasons her middle child likes to attend), was getting independent recognition doing a good job.
JV told me she felt that high school exams could be much easier to take within the school system.
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One she didn't like about the school environment was the stress of school.
"Also there is the problem of peer pressure within schools.
Socialization is always talked about with regards to homeschooling, but children can end up in classes where they have nothing in common with the other pupils.
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