So some stuff happened here locally last year that had a lot of people fuming. The school board decided to consolidate our elementary schools, turning 5 schools into basically 3 while adding a separate middle school (before that, junior and high school classes had been in separate wings of the same building).
Now, we are a rural community. Bus rides are lo-o-o-ong already. So this caused an uproar. Then the public was informed that the changes were temporary, that the board would spend this year re-zoning and next year? Well, some of the kids who had to move to a new school this year would have to move again.
Yeah. Parents were not happy. So a lot of people up and decided to homeschool.
I get it. I really do. But I’m starting to notice that some of those parents made a whiplash decision for what might have been the wrong reasons. Homeschooling ain’t easy, and it ain’t for the faint of heart. Right? But I’m hearing a lot of people say things like, “I’m trying to get them all laptops, but when you have 4 kids it gets expensive,” or “They do their schoolwork online, why do I have to get involved?”
Yeah. You’re feeling me. That laptop lady? Has not yet started homeschooling her kids this year because they don’t all 4 have laptops. That’s not homeschool. That’s playing hookie.
I just think people rely too much on technology these days. I mean–why not? It practically does your thinking for you. You don’t have to memorize a phone number or figure out where you’re going or anything anymore. My sister (and I do love her) will use her GPS to go to the same place many, many times, never learning how to just drive there without it. And if her GPS fails? Lost. She has to pull over to get it working again.
I do not want that for my littles. They are inundated with tech every day. They are well-versed in computer use, interweb use, game systems, music players, tablets, all the things. As you probably know, Middle is even creating his own video game. They don’t suffer from being backwards.
But I don’t use tablets, laptops, or other technology to teach them.
Every once in a great while we’ll watch a youtube video if I can’t explain something right or (gasp) don’t know how to explain it. But mostly we use books and paper. Because I am supposed to be teaching them, first and foremost, to think for themselves. And I don’t want a huge expense to be the thing that holds me back. And I definitely don’t want to be Uninvolved in their education. What Is That?!
I don’t want my kids laying around all the time staring at a tablet or a video game. They have those things, but I keep the tablets where they have to ask for them, and they aren’t really in the habit of doing that. They only use them when they’ve exhausted my (scarily) extensive library for information and can’t find what they’re looking for. Then they may do some research on the interweb.
I don’t buy too many ebooks for them, though they are certainly allowed to read books on their tablets. It’s just that I buy them paperbacks so they can hold the story in their hands. I don’t use a smartboard or even a dry-erase board. I still use a chalkboard. It’s so much easier. And they’re learning to read other people’s handwriting rather than relying on print, and they’re learning to write so that other people can decipher their words.
Listen, I’m not saying mine is the only way or even the best way. I can only do what I feel is right. The boys would Love to have their own laptops, and that might be a thing in the future. I mean, they have to learn to type papers up for college, no? All I’m saying is that if technology is the reason you’re struggling to homeschool, drop the idea, grab a book, and teach them old school.
Old school rocks, y’all.
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