It is 6:15 in the morning. The sun isn't even up
yet. I've already showered, had a cup of coffee and threw some
clothes on. Maybe even put on make up, if I have to work. It is
that time. I quietly open the first door, second cup of
coffee in hand, and turn off her fan. On comes the bright light.
A muffled sound comes from under the covers. "Good morning, baby
girl," I offer cheerfully. I see her hand slap into the air.
I tiptoe out of the room and open a second door,
which is not so quiet. I need to spray those darned hinges.
Turning on her light, I say "Good morning, my big girl!" Not a
single movement or sound comes from her bed. I sit beside her
and rub her back. "Hey, sweet pea. It's time to wake
Christina is smiling from the door. "Hey, mama!"
She comes running at me, arms open. We embrace like we haven't
seen each other in years. This is one of the many great hugs I
get from her. Pointing to my cup, she asks "Coffee?"I have to
tell her, no. She can't have any coffee.
Claire is still sound asleep. She can sleep
through anything. I grab around her waist and sit her up
myself. Her long hair is everywhere. "Hey, babe. Where's that
pretty smile? Eh?" I think she growled at me this time.
Taking Christina with me, we go to the kitchen.
She helps me get some yogurt and juice. I get out the meds to
dole out to them. "Ready?" I ask her. "Yeah, ready."
This happens five times a week, Monday through
Friday, and it rarely changes. This is just a typical morning in
the house. My kids go to public school. Currently, I am a
substitute teacher in the neighboring public schools. I have been
asked if I wanted to homeschool my children. No. it's a quick and
I do understand the advantages of homeschooling.
Studies show that home schooled children have significantly less
behavioral problems than their public schooled peers do. Studies
also show that home schooled kids have higher test scores than
kids in public schools.
So, why do my kids go to public school? To be with
their peers. To make relationships with people outside of our
family. I believe that we learn about ourselves when we have
Most of the sites I looked up on Homeschooling
versus Public Schools seemed bias to me. I can understand the
advantages homeschooling has for children. In my personal
opinion, public school is not all that bad. As long as the
teacher, parent, and child are all communicating and are on the
same page, public school can be very effective.
If you comment on this, I have a couple of
questions I would like answered.
How old are you? Were you homeschooled, or did you
go to public or private school? Do you have kids? Are they
homeschooled, or go to public or private school? I would love to
hear your comments.