The time has come. My oldest daughter is suppose to be entering kindergarten this September. Someone in society has decided that when a child turns five years of age, give or take one to 12 months, he or she is then ready to enter kindergarten. I wonder who decided that. And since I'm wondering . . . Who decided that when a baby turns one year old, that the mom should start working or "take a break" from her child for at least a couple of days each week? And who decided that when a toddler turns three, preschool should be on the horizon? I'm not sure if other moms ponder these assumptions or not, but I truly am curious who decided the appropriate ages for these rites of passages.
I am not a hard-core advocate against societal norms, but I do wonder how many parents even consider the fact that they do have options. Sometimes it's okay to second-guess mainstream ideology. I may even dare to say that it's often okay to second-guess it.
Five years ago, the idea to home school my children had never crossed my mind. I went through the public school system and I turned out alright along with many other children who have and still do succeed in "the system". There is a lovely traditional public school down the street from us where my children would probably fit in just dandy. But over the past three years I have been exposed to many homeschooling families and experiences and I have been pleasantly surprised. Over time, my thoughts on how schooling should be performed have been broadened and somewhat converted. I am not one to announce that homeschooling is the only appropriate way to school a child, however I do believe that it is a very valid option.
The government in the province where I live is extremely supportive of homeschooling families and the homeschooling option. I am aware that this is not the case in other parts of North America, let alone other countries where homeschooling is literally a crime. So in light of my freedom, my family is blessed to be given the opportunity to even consider homeschooling. In fact, this is one of my reasons that I have chosen to home school my kids or at least give it a try. If I pass it up, if I don't give it a chance, I know I will regret it. I am a firm believer that decisions like homeschooling need to be made on what is the best for not only the individuals in a family but for the family as a whole. And for now, I am convinced that this is the most excellent way.