Homeschooling questions??

  1. We are considering homeschooling our three children starting when I get done with school in 2006. I wanted to get some insight from others who do it...such as:

    What are the pros (your opinions)?

    The cons?

    What is the most difficult thing about doing it?

    Is it hard to deal with all the red tape that comes with it?

    I'm sure I'll have more, but can we start with these? My kids will be 7, 5 and 3 then.
  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   RN123456789
    I am currently home schoolong my two children and finishing my BSN this year. I would have to say that the cons are them not having much interaction with other kids, not getting out of the house as often,and becoming sedentary(especially in the winter months). The pros are making your own schedules,not having to get up as early,spending more time with them(sometimes too much), and giving them a better education then the public schools. My children were in a private christian school before, so there was really no red tape. I just ordered the material and took them out. Very easy to do! My children are 11 & 15, so I have basically trained them to get up and do their school work on their own, even when I am not here. I am using the abeka program, which is very good, and you can get the tapes or DVD's for them to watch and learn from. It was not an easy task in the beginning, but has become much easier over time. I correct all of their work, send it in to the program for a graded report card, and help them with any questions they may have about the work. In order to do this you must be very structured and good with time management. My children each have a seperate section in the house, with a TV, DVD player, and their books. I have to say that home schooling this year was easy for me and helped me to be able to make early classes and clinicals, without having to worry about getting them to school or picking them up. However, study time is a different story! Sometimes I get up at 3 or 4 am, just to study for an exam, or stay up very late the night before. That has helped me to keep my grades between the 80's to 90's. Because you have younger children, I think it may be a little more difficult for you. However, if your children are not in a private school, then it is much better than the public system, and I would say go for it! If you don't like it, you can always return them back to school. This year has been good, but my children will be returning back to a christian school next year. If you need more info, go to, it is one of the best home schooling programs out there! If you have anymore questions, I would be happy to answer them the best that I can.
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Thank you so much for the information! Some of your "cons" are my biggest concerns. Anyone else with ideas/thought?
  5. by   maddiecat
    Hi....I'm an old hand at homeschooling. Feel free to PM me and we can talk. In the meantime, go to
    It's a great site for info and swapping materials, etc. I am in Texas where homeschooling is really lax, so be sure you are up on your state's rules. It can be wonderful and it can be a disaster. Everyone's situation is different. Good luck!
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    This is where I may run into problems because we are planning to move that summer before I start homeschooling them as well.
  7. by   RN123456789
    Please do not get discouraged! if you have the time and the resources, some of the cons can be avoided by getting the children involved with activities and out of the house. i.e., dance, and sports etc... and as long as you are enrolled in a school program, some will provide proof that states they are being home schooled. Most states do not even care, and most likely will not bother you. They would rather have you pay for their education, so they don't have to(with increasing budget cuts and not enough teacher's)
  8. by   Renee' Y-Y
    Really focus on the math & science. I keep hearing that there are many homeschooled kids getting into college with barely high-school level skills.

    As an aside...we, as a nation, are losing our math & science skills to our own...we have many foreign students coming to our colleges & universities, majoring in math & science & then returning to their countries. As a result, our future knowledge & research potential is beginning to look rather bleak.
  9. by   camay1221_RN
    My best friend chose to homeschool her middle son because the school had labelled him because of ADHD, and started putting him in special ed classes. She homeschooled him for three years, and when they moved to another city she decided to send him back to school with his sibs. When she got her son tested, he tested higher than the kids in the grade he would have been in had he stayed in the system, and the school he was going to be attending went ahead and put him into the grade where his testing showed he should be.

    Homeschooling is not for me, but I certainly admire those parents that do it!

    Whatever the outcome, Good Luck!!
  10. by   RN123456789
    my daughter is an absolute whiz at math, and my son was having trouble in math(because of the public school system) he was always behind, I took him out of a private school so he could catch up at home. Now he is doing and excelling in algebra, something he would have never been able to do, if I had not home schooled him!
  11. by   Sheri257
    A friend of mine is doing home schooling for her daughter who fell almost three years behind in public school. The daughter is now caught up and doing great, but the only problem is: My friend no longer has time to do her own studying for nursing school. So that's probably the biggest con: Time. She is stressed out beyond belief about her own school work. I guess she's having problems with time management.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 21, '04
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    did you visit the site I told you about? If not here it is again. Yes it is "pro" homeschooling, but there is good info there:

    The cons listed here are VERY legit. I can say for sure they are real. It does impinge on your personal time hugely. but to me, no greater good is accomplished than safely schooling the kids. The schools are social warehouses around here. I had to do this. Easy it is not.
  13. by   RN123456789
    It is not easy, but if you plan and manage your time well, it can be done. I am living proof that home schooling two children and getting a BSN, can be accomplished. I am graduating in May!
  14. by   renerian
    Hubby and I were forced to homeschool a high schooler as she had mental illnesses and refused to go to school. It was very hard at the high school level. The interaction problem was the worst part. Her not being around kids her own age. She had an anxiety disorder and could not be around people which made things worst.

    Smaller children I would think would be easy. WE had to have someone from the school come to our home and okay it annually. Every year we had to go to the school board and do a presentation on what we accomplished.