Poll Answers Five

14) What has been the hard­est thing about home­school­ing? Espe­cial­ly only home­school­ing one out of three kids?

Honest­ly, the hard­est thing is keep­ing shad­owkatt chal­lenged and giv­ing her as much social con­tact as she wants. She’s far, far more out­go­ing than I am, and while she cer­tain­ly isn’t iso­lat­ed, she would pre­fer to have lots of con­tact with peo­ple out­side the fam­i­ly every day. How­ev­er, she would be extreme­ly bored, aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly, if she were to return to pub­lic or pri­vate school, because she’s work­ing far above “grade lev­el” in pret­ty much every sub­ject. As it is, she has more oppor­tu­ni­ties for social inter­ac­tion than the oth­er kids do because of the flex­i­ble sched­ule she enjoys.

Many things would be eas­i­er if we were home­school­ing all three kids. We would­n’t be sub­ject to the tyran­ny of the school’s sched­ule at all, for one thing. The kids work fair­ly well togeth­er in many ways—real_pochacco and shad­owkatt real­ly com­pete with each oth­er and dri­ve each oth­er on more, and they are often good about tutor­ing G in var­i­ous subjects. 

Also, I wor­ry about the oth­er two feel­ing left out. They get a lot less one-on-one adult inter­ac­tion than shad­owkatt does sim­ply because she’s here so many more hours every day. We can cus­tomize her edu­ca­tion a lot more, as well. G’s learn­ing style, in par­tic­u­lar, is absolute­ly not com­pat­i­ble with “school” in gen­er­al. I know they want to be home­schooled, but until we get some cus­tody issues straight­ened out, we sim­ply can­not do it.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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