The first decade of a child’s life rushes by. The first half contains the baby years and each month is documented with photos. Diapers seem never-ending along with formula. The baby grows fast into a toddler and on to a small independent person. Then, in the second half of the first decade and if the child is in public school, he leaves the home. Many public-school children ride a school bus and get home in late afternoon where dinner plans have already been started. The second half of the first decade sees amazing changes. The child is ready for preteen. The second decade begins and in a few short years he’s graduated from public school and maybe away from home in college. Some are even married in the second decade. A parent blinks twice and the baby is an adult. The nest is empty!
Sometimes, parents decide to homeschool. These parents school their children at home. Because their schooling is concentrated and one on one, they are finished well before evening – and they begin in daylight hours and not at a school bus stop with a sleepy child while it’s still dark. A homeschooled child is rested and ready to learn one on one. Class trips can be anytime and often. Socialization is a breeze. Homeschoolers can
enjoy learning and gathering information at a museum, pumpkin farm, arboretum, on a real train ride. They can be introduced to the parent’s workplace. The scholar can ask questions – a zillion questions. If the child likes science, the learning focus can be on science. Strengths are strengthened and learning is not work but joyful and fun.
No war zone?
With the recent problems in school shootings and news stations reporting suicides related to school bullies, many parents, today, are choosing home schooling as a safe and happy alternative and an added bonus to homeschooling is that the family no longer has to live, work and plan around the school calendar.
Are homeschoolers successful in life?
Booker T. Washington, born to slaves, was first president of Tuskegee Institute.
Abe Lincoln was the 16th president of the United states.
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States and started the League of Nations.
C. S. Lewis was a theologian and taught English alongside J. R. R. Tolkien at Oxford University.
Joseph Priestly , father of modern chemistry, contributed to theology, politics, science and more.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Albert Einstein was credited with discovering general theories of relativity, quantum theory of atomic motion in solids and more.
Venus and Serena Williams, tennis superstars, in 1995 began their tennis training with their father.
Pearl S. Buck: Nobel Prize winner.