1) Neither one of us is happy with the increasing focus on test prep in public schools. We want our daughter to develop a lifetime love of learning, not just learning and memorizing something long enough to be able to pass a test.
2) I would also like Myka to be able to learn at her own pace, whether that be somewhere in the middle, accelerated, or even a little bit slower than "normal".
3) This kind of goes along with number 2, but individualized attention for our daughter is important to me too.
4) I realize life in general is full of dangers, but I think we can all agree that school violence (and bullying) are getting ridiculous.
6) Public school is getting pricey. I realize you will still probably be buying curriculums, computer programs, etc. for homeschool, but from what I have seen, in general it seems like a lot of these can be used for multiple ages/grades.
7) I like that homeschooling will help us stay connected as a family, but there are still plenty of socialization and extracurricular opportunities for homeschooled kids nowadays.
8) Personally, I feel like public schools expect too much of young children too soon.
When I asked John if I had left anything out, he had these two things to say:
9) She will learn the correct way to do something the first time, not next year in the more advanced class. (He ran into this a lot in math and science classes and it really irritated him, obviously.)
10) Myka will receive just as good an education, if not better.
Do any of you homeschool? What were your reasons for choosing to do so?