I just have to add another reason to my "Top 10 Reasons Why I Homeschool" list.
Reason #11: Homeschooled kids don’t get put into the "dumb" reading group or get "labeled" just because they aren’t ready to read by the age of 6.
My firstborn was a natural learner…the kind that could learn in a room with no windows or doors. The kind that makes you think you’re a REALLY great teacher…heck, they’ll probably be calling you to speak at a homeschool convention soon!
My second born reduced my lofty view of myself to something akin to dirt.
#2 has a late birthday, so she was almost 6 when she started kindergarten. I expected her to be reading Shakespeare by Christmas. By Christmas, she wasn’t reading Hop on Pop….or anything! But I wasn’t too concerned…after all, she was only in Kindergarten.
By the end of Kindergarten I began to get a teensy bit concerned. By the end of 1st grade, panic set in! Back then (it was the early 90’s) I felt like I was homeschooling in a fishbowl surrounded by hungry cats! I had something to prove and this child was not helping me prove it!
How silly I was back in those early years. When she was ready, she started to read…WELL! By the age of 10, she could read a Nancy Drew book in 2 hours and 36 minutes, give or take a few minutes.
Which brings me back to Reason #11. Before becoming a homeschool mom, I was a PS teacher…a special ed teacher. I KNOW what would have happened to my daughter if she had been in school. She would probably still be wearing the label.