Raising Little Humans

Am I Doing My Child A Disservice By Homeschooling?

An up-close lesson about fish spawning!
An up-close lesson about fish spawning!

Choosing to homeschool is a big commitment. Like, huge! Their education will affect the rest of their life, and it’s not something you want to screw up. Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing my child a disservice by choosing to educate him at home.

Homeschooling requires organization. It requires planning and it requires some creativity. There are goals that need to be met if you want them to graduate with the same type of certificate that the kids in a regular school setting would get.

Learning about the human body with his magnetic board.
Learning about the human body with his magnetic board.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t doubt myself from time to time. I often wonder if my oldest is learning enough. Am I doing my child a disservice? Does he feel like he’s missing out on something? Am I giving him enough opportunities? Am I completely screwing this up?

Whenever my brain gets into that self doubt zone, I try to step back and take a look at where he’s at.

He is learning. I know this because he can spout off facts about ants and bee’s that other five year olds probably couldn’t.

He is having fun. He spends a majority of his day playing with his brother and sister, because concentrated learning time lasts less than an hour.

Noah, fighting the Dark Side on stage in front of a hundred people!
Noah, fighting the Dark Side on stage in front of a hundred people!

He’s experienced things. He knows his way around an airport at the age of five. He’s talked to TSA agents and been given lessons in why they scan people and their suitcases.  He understands the rules of sitting on a plane for hours on end. He knows about passports, the dangers of getting in an elevator by yourself, and why we must be extra vigilant about washing our hands. He’s learning through life.

He’s also in an environment that is completely comfortable to him. He doesn’t worry about making mistakes or looking silly, because it’s just me; his Mom. He knows I have his back 100% and won’t make fun of him if he doesn’t know the answer.

His favourite thing? Being with his family.
His favourite thing? Being with his family.

I’m here to guide him and help his educational journey. I’m not necessarily here to teach him, at least not in the traditional way.

When I think of all that, I know I’m not doing him a disservice by homeschooling. He’s learning. Oh yes, he is learning. It’s just not in the way we’re all use to seeing.

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