On Monday Matt sent me an email bringing up the topic of homeschooling (or "homeskoolin'" as he calls it). It served as nothing more than a note to say "hey, I was chatting with a teacher I know and this is what she said about homeschooling" but it seriously piqued my interest.
I had thought about homeschooling a while back. It may have even been before Eloise was born, you know, back when I had the energy to think about devoting all of that time to my children. Matt wasn't at all interested and I was only mildly interested in the idea, so I didn't think much about it again. Instead I focused my efforts on thwarting Matt's efforts to send our girls to public school. I could write about this for days, but we both had very, very different school experiences and are both quie confident that we need to pass along (or not pass along, as the case may be) our experiences to our girls.
Okay, so homeschooling. Matt sends me an email and oddly, it was the second day where Iris's teacher called me at home saying Iris was having a hard day and asked her to call me so I could come back to school early to get her. Hmmmm, I thought. Iris is a child who usually has to be convinced to go to school. She oftens asks to stay home. Heck, the girl never wants to go anywhere, ever, not to the store, the park, anywhere. The next day I was the working parent at Iris's school. I have noticed this in the past, but it was even more clear to me that day-- she really seems to slink off in to the shadows at school. She doesn't seem to make definite friends with other kids (and I've whined about this in the past) and didn't really seem overly interested in some of the big projects the other kids were working on. Now, it's not like she was a lump in the corner, but the personality I know in her doesn't really seem to come out at school. Does this mean school is wrong for her and she must be pulled out and homeschooled immediately? No. But it is something for us to watch. Something to talk to the teacher about.
It's hard for me because I see alot of the smallest personality traits in Iris that I had, well, still have. I don't want to project myself and my feelings on her, but when I observe her, it's suprising how striking the similarities are between us even already at her young age. I hated school. I hated everything about it. Man, I would have loved to have been homeschooled. Does that mean it's the same for Iris? I don't know. I wish I did. I think we have alot of time to figure it out, though.
I'm lucky in that I know several homeschoolers and I feel like I have great resources available to gather the information we would need to give this idea some serious thought.
I am sure poor Matt had no idea what kind of can of worms he was opening when he sent me such an innocent email :)