FAQ: Why Are We Homeschooling Katie?

Actu­al­ly, I think Sam should give his own answer, and Katie should answer as well since she’s been giv­en a choice as to whether or not to go to school or be homeschooled.

My answer is that it has offered the best com­bi­na­tion of aca­d­e­m­ic chal­lenge and a pos­i­tive, sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment avail­able to us in the past five years. I had planned to home­school any chil­dren I had from day one, but life did­n’t work out quite as planned. I was­n’t impressed with the school sys­tem, or “school” in gen­er­al. While Katie per­formed very well aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly, she was­n’t being chal­lenged, nor could any school sys­tem cater to her needs and inter­ests the way we could at home.

The fact that doing so allows me to spend far more time with one of my favorite peo­ple in the world than I could if she were in school def­i­nite­ly is a big plus!

Katie did choose to attend a pri­vate school briefly last fall, and would/will return there if the oppor­tu­ni­ty presents itself. That par­tic­u­lar school excels in indi­vid­ual atten­tion, and the price of tuition reflects that atten­tion. It’s pos­si­ble that she’ll attend that school or anoth­er very good one next year.

I would­n’t be feel­ing near­ly as pos­i­tive about any high school as I am had Katie not been giv­en these last few years most­ly free of peer pres­sure. She’s got an extreme­ly strong sense of self and has proven more than able to stand up to any­one who tries to push her around. I def­i­nite­ly cred­it home­school­ing with the oppor­tu­ni­ty for unim­ped­ed per­son­al growth.

Final­ly, one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors to our deci­sion to begin home­school­ing when we did so back in 2000 was Katie’s diag­no­sis of fibromyal­gia. Morn­ings were and are her worst time. That’s still a con­cern with attend­ing any school, but now that she’s old­er she’s much bet­ter able to judge her own ener­gy and pain lev­els and be proac­tive in tak­ing care of herself.

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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