We have a toddler, and a baby in utero. Not exactly ready for school, one would think. But you’d be surprised how often I get asked where my 18 month old will go to school, or which schools we’ve checked out, or what our schooling philosophy is. And, sure enough, we have talked about it, discussed it, read up on options, and generally looked around at what the Twin Cities have to offer in terms of schooling. There are lots of great options!
One that we discuss is homeschooling. Nothing like throwing gas on a fire to bring up the topic in the company of parents or teachers. 🙂 Some people are convinced that it’s the only and best way to go, others think it’s like putting your child in a time capsule, inhibiting her social growth, and turning her into a potential oddball. We think it offers wonderful flexibility with travel, learning beyond the classroom, and incorporating the whole family into the educational process. That being said, I don’t know that it will be what we choose, or what works best for us. We love the Montessori Method, and there are several great schools nearby that offer a wonderful Montessori education for young children: Cathedral Hill Montessori School, etc. There is also a great charter school in our area as well as our parochial school, St. Agnes, and both are excellent,
A friend just posted on Facebook a link to 10 Celebrities Who Homeschool. The article shows them, and says a little bit about their homeschooling philosophies. Obviously if you’re Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s children, you could never be like your little playmates at the school down the street. But some of what their commentary points to is very interesting, and exposes some of the limitations of our public school system (and even our private schools).
I’m interested in hearing people’s views on the education system, on what they’ve chosen for their children, and what works best for their families. Go!