It is a privilege and a joy to stay home with my kids! I am blessed. I don’t think I could handle sending them away on a bus, and one of the perks to homeschooling is that I don’t have to! No crying for this mom on the first day of school. There are plenty of other reasons to cry, and plenty of time for that later. But not today.
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Great pictures Sarah! So glad batman was able to show up on your first day. What fun!
hi ive been debating on home schooling my son he dose not have any siblings im worry about his social skills . is their a difference that you can see?
The issue of socialization is probably the number one concern most people have with homeschooling. Let me TRY and give you a short answer to this!! :)
our country’s definition of “socialization” involves sending your child away, 5 days a week, to a small room filled with other kids his own age. In this group, there will no doubt be leaders and followers, strong personalities and timid personalities. The outgoing, strong personalities usually set the tone for the class and everyone follows their lead.
Now, in contrast, homeschoolers have the freedom to live life! Our socialization is based on the family model: parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, all different ages living and growing together. After you graduate high school, when are you EVER in a situation similar to that of a public school class room? Hardly ever. You have no know how to interact with people of all ages and walks of life. Homeschooling can better prepare you for that.
Here’s how: Involve your child in daily routines (grocery shopping, visiting a grandparent in a nursing home, babysitting, going to church), get involved in a homeschool support group that may have weekly activities available, get involved in a church group, join a rec team at the local sports complex, join the girl scouts or boy scouts, don’t worry about allowing your child to play with kids that are younger or older than him, the list goes on. As the parent of a single child, you will have to be a bit more proactive with seeking out activities. But don’t feel pressured to keep a full, packed-out schedule! The average child today is way over stretched and involved. Pick one or 2 extra curricular things to be involved in.
Here are some other great resources for home educating a single child:
Dealing With Loneliness in an Only Child
Homeschooling an Only Child
I have a good friend who has a one son, she pulled him out of the public schools this year and is homeschooling. I hope to post some updates on her journey from the unique perspective of homeschooling a single child. OK, so this was really long! If you’re still with me, I wish you all the best and hope you are able to make the decision that is right for you and your son!