The other day, I was talking to a mom at Starbucks and she had her kids there studying books and using their iPad to help them do their academic studies. They were not using textbooks, so I wondered if she was a homeschooling parent. I asked her about that, and she indicated that she wasn’t, that her kids went to a private school, but she was supplementing their schooling with her own “school of mom” strategy. Indeed, as we got to talking, and as her kids concentrated on their work between sips from their Frappuccinos, she explained her very wise concept.
One of her friends was a homeschooling mom and her friend had opted her kids out of the public school and did not want to put them in the local private school because it was religious-based. The Starbucks mom understood this, but said she wasn’t interested in homeschooling. Then her friend asked her question, one which I find very intriguing; “why not join a homeschooling group and integrate their program into your child’s homework routine?”
She liked the idea, and she took the homeschooling curriculum and signed up for the homeschooling group, and began teaching her kids all the things the other homeschooled kids were learning as those subjects and topics came up at her children’s private school. The teachers at the private school thought her kids were geniuses because they seemed to know the answers faster than the teacher was teaching at school, and often knew more than the teacher herself.
Apparently the Starbucks mom’s kids also had a better understanding in philosophical perspective of each of the topics and subjects. This concept intrigued me so much, I thought I’d pitch this idea to other parents who are perhaps not comfortable with the level of schooling their kids are getting either at the private or public school. Perhaps they have reasons for not homeschooling their children, but that certainly doesn’t mean they can’t borrow some of the syllabuses and curriculum courses from homeschooling groups online and teach that information to their kids anyway.
The reality is that parents are allowed to teach the kids anything they want, they are allowed to go up and beyond what the school is teaching, and one could ask who gave all those academic muckety-mucks authority over what we should and should teach our own children. Our job as parents is to get them ready for the real world, and if the schools can’t do that, and the teachers there aren’t providing, then it is our duty to answer the call.
Not only was I intrigued by this lady I met, I also am now a firm believer in what she’s doing. I recommend it to any parent. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.