I would like to homeschool when my kids start highschool (so in three years time with my eldest). I want to have a relaxed curriculum from year 7 to year 9 and then try unschooling from then on..
I have been doing research, watching youtube videos. Learning about different curriculum styles. Researching the pros and cons.
This is something that I'm very passionate about.
I have spoken to my eldest and she's keen too, though I know there's another three years to go and she ( or I, though that's unlikely) could change her mind .
If she or my other kids are happy to go to highschool then I will support that.
My only dilemma is my dp. He doesn't agree on it.
This is what he's worried about:
Socialisation.. I told him there are other ways and other places to meet friends such as sport, extra studies, homeschool group meet ups, church kids/youth clubs, summer camps etc...
He's worried they won't get into tafe/ uni. I reminded him he got into tafe even though he didn't complete year 10 and there's plenty of tafe courses and jobs you can do that don't require school. They will be homeschooled with a curriculum though. There are online courses, volunteer work, pathway courses, apprenticeships etc..
He's worried I won't be able to cope.
I told him eldest daughter will only be home to begin with ( plus our youngest who will be 4 at the stsrt but if worse comes to worse we can have him go to fdc one day a week or something). I have 4 kids, they won't all be home at once.
He's worried they (and I) will be stuck at home all day. I explained there are different ways to study and different curriculums and you don't need to stay homd and study at the kitchen table!
He says " you have to be smart to homeschool" I'm certainly not dumb, but if there are areas/things I don't know/understand myself I can get help I'm sure. I want my kids ( at least in the later years of highschool) to have a more self directed curriculum.
I am three years to convince him, although I've pretty much made up my mind. He's entitled to his opinion of course but what annoys me he won't do any research etc and won't really hear me out.
In my head I am thinking "I'm just going to homeschool anyway." He isn't the one that will be "teaching" he will be at work.
So any advice, suggestions, etc are very welcome...