Sunday is the last day to enter the the lulus.com contest.
Today we took a tour of a charter school. I really liked the charter school. The have a full time art teacher and a full time music teacher. They don't use text books and each teacher is trained to teach using several different methods because kids learn in different ways. The classes are small. There's a garden on campus. They require parental involvement. The kids were happy and both Eric and I really liked it.
While I was pregnant with Judah I read several Dr. James Dobson books and decided that I would, most definitely, homeschool my kids. He said that if a kid gets picked on and made fun of it can "break their spirit." He said that classrooms aren't made for active boys who like to move around. He said that if he would have known that homeschool was an option (it wasn't as mainstream when his kids were young) he would have chosen it. So, that was it. I would homeschool my future kids.
Then I started thinking more about what I wanted for my kids. I want them to live out the great commission to "win the lost and make disciples." I looked at Judah's personality and saw that he's so outgoing and social and talks about how he wants to school. I know he'd have a lot of fun. I know that through homeschooling he would also be able to be a part of social activities. I love that I could take a subject that he's interested in and use it to teach so many different things and encourage his love for learning.
I know there are pros and cons to each option. Ultimately, we're going to do what God tells us to do.
But, in the meantime, I'd love to hear about your experiences. What did/do you like? What did/do you not like?