We have an issue that might not face many homeschooling families, but maybe it does, so I’ll write about it anyway 🙂
Part of the reason we are going to homeschool is religious. We wish to provide our children with more of a religious education that either Husband or I ever had. The problem? We are both far more ignorant about our own religion than we wish our children to be.
What’s a homeschooling momma to do?
Obviously, one of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can teach yourself – or not. The question is, for the “or not” part, what to do? Since we are Jewish, it’s not like there are gobs and gobs of sites out there just for Jewish homeschoolers (feel free to leave links to any I may have missed!).
One thing I am considering is one of the online Jewish schools. They seem to meet many hours less than regular day school – often only covering the Judaic curriculum. Some have homework, some do not. Some are more like discussion groups, some more like a true schooling-but-online experience. I’m fairly certain that none of them will be a perfect match for Stargazer – who is several years behind due to going to public school, but also capable at moving at a very quick pace. I can’t just put him in a lower grade. Although some might be good-enough fits for at least a while. Several might be good fits for Passion Flower.
The funny thing is, I’m pretty much refusing to even consider online schooling for any other topic. I don’t want my kids glued to a screen all day, and I want to move away from a school mentality to a learning mentality, if that makes any sense. So I guess part of me is hoping I find another solution.
On the other hand, the idea of a time where they are busy, learning, and I can maybe do my own thing for an hour or two has its appeal.
There is one thing that I am holding out on, before making a decision. There is, thankfully, another homeschooling Jewish family in the area. I know the kids and I’m fairly certain they are gifted – or at least very smart. They are quite a bit older than mine – one is already married – but I’m hoping to touch base with the mother and maybe find some local resources. Or perhaps her younger kids can teach my kids.
Were there any subjects you felt you had to outsource? Did you feel you were successful?
Have you done any online courses in the elementary years? Did you like it? Ever even consider it?
Have you ever had older kids teach your kids? What were the pros and cons?