Even though my kids go to school twice a week, I consider myself a homeschooling mom. I mean 75% of their education is done at home. I have a child who is not embracing the "away from home" part of the program. I can tell because she tells me most mornings that she doesn't want to go. Today I sent her despite the fact that she's been fighting a cough and such. I received a call at 11:20 with a little voice on the other end saying her tummy hurt and asked me if I could come and get her. I did. She didn't appear very sick when we arrived at home. She is coughing, yes. She is stuffed up, yes. Is she really sick? I think not.
This leaves me to wonder if I should follow my gut instinct and go back to full time homeschooling like I did a few years ago? Or should I just keep her home for another few years. I am not a very out going person and I hate when I have to defend my choices. I know that I will receive questions and even disapproval from people. I want to ensure that my children don't grow up with the same fear and intense dislike of school that I did. Schooling can be fun and doesn't have to be done in a traditional classroom. Kids can learn at home, in the kitchen, in the garage, on the computer, at the museum, at science centers... there is such a big world out there to learn in. And maybe for my kids (or at least one of them), maybe the four walls of a traditional classroom isn't the place to be.