Ep. #15: Homeschool vs. “School-School”
Next up in our Ask Tsh podcast series, I’m getting a little personal. Listener and reader Tracy asked me how we decided to switch from homeschool to doing “regular” school for this year, and I thought it’d be a fun topic to tackle.
After all, it wasn’t an easy decision, and one I’m still not 100-percent sold we’re doing the right thing. But, that’s life as parents, right? We do the best we can with what we know, and take a step of faith that our love and dedication to our kids’ best interests will outshine any of our screw-ups. (And that, in a nutshell, friends, is a fair definition of parenting.)
In this short episode, I share the five reasons we decided to send our kids to school instead of homeschooling them this year, which we’d done the previous two years (or, worldschooling, in last year’s case). We’re solidly in the year-at-a-time, kid-at-a-time camp.
I also share my overall, big-picture views of education, and why I don’t think where kids do school is as important as the overall family environment at home.
And I also briefly mention that if there’s enough interest, I’ll share in a future episode how we handle the homework onslaught and do our best to make our family’s core values a priority, especially when the sheer quantity of homework asks of us to shift our loyalty from family to school. Interested? Let me know in the comments below.
And for fun, I also answer a question from listener and reader Jenni, who asked me about the podcast’s theme song! In the show notes, below, I’ve linked to where you can find it, along with the other resources I mention in this episode.
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- Audio Jungle on Envato Market
- Indie Girl by Ollmah (apologies that it auto-plays!)
- The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading, published by Peace Hill Press
- Handwriting Without Tears
- All About Spelling, published by All About Learning Press
- Story of the World, published by Peace Hill Press
- Classical Conversations timeline song (I don’t like all the music, but I do appreciate their timeline song—mostly—and their skip counting memorization songs)
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