It's back to school and as we watch teary eyed moms wave goodbye to their babies as they hop on the yellow school bus for the for the first time, it's so hard to not be at least a little bit envious of them. If you're starting homeschooling your child for the first time and they have never been in the public school system before, you might feel a little bit cheated. There are no school buses for you, no getting your kid perfectly polished with perfectly styled hair and brand spanking new clothes, no backpacks filled to the gills with everything on the "list" that was given out ahead of time. All of these experiences are fun for parents, especially if this is your first time and you may feel like you're missing out on all these things.
Today, for day 2 of the 5 Days of Back to Homeschool, we're going to tell you why it's okay to miss these back to school opportunities.
The School Bus
Along with red apples and books, the yellow school bus is one of the symbols most commonly associated with public education. It's also the one symbol that holds the most interest for younger kids who have never experienced riding on a bus before.
However, while exploring the specific dangers faced by children utilizing the school bus system, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has found increases in violence on school buses, including verbal, physical, emotional, and sexual violence between students. The study goes on to show that school buses are the second most likely location where students experience bullying and harassment.
There is also the question of the lack of supervision on the bus. Drivers are not educated in childhood behavior and are paid to concentrate on driving, not defusing situations that occur while the children are on the bus.
But there are other dangers that are avoided when homeschooling. There are many cases of children being abducted while waiting for the bus, children's injuries and death due to accidents involving buses, children being hurt due to negligence of the bus driving in allowing them to cross the road in front of busy traffic and even allowing students to get off at the wrong stop. There have also been reports of gunmen firing upon school buses and buses being hijacked with children in it.
Instead of being envious, pity those poor moms who are rushing around the house, trying to find that missing shoe and begging their kids to hurry up and finish their breakfast so they can be out the door before the bus arrives. Enjoy sipping your coffee in a somewhat relaxed manner at 9am and know that your children are safe at home, under your care and that you don't have to worry about getting a phone call informing you there has been an accident or incident.
We love documenting how our children grow and change each year and many parents have 13 years worth of school pictures documenting from Kindergarten til Graduation hanging on their walls. The cute pictures of Cap and Gown when our children move from Kindergarten to First Grade, pictures from 2nd grade with huge gaps in their toothy smiles, 6th grade pictures showing their braces. Yes, these are all wonderful mementos to keep as a visual documentation of your students journey from child to adult.
Does that mean you have to miss out on school pictures? No way. One of the fun of homeschooling is we're almost always allowed the time to do what we want. If that means grabbing a chalkboard and making a cute sign for your child to hold stating he's in 2nd grade or going outside and spending a good hour setting up props like an apple on top of a stack of books for your child to pose with, you can.
of $635 on clothing, shoes, and supplies this summer as students go back to school. Even with 50¢ sales on a box of crayons, 17¢ on spiral notebooks and 5¢ on pocket folders, we're still spending obscene amounts on school supplies. Then many teachers have items on their back to school lists to help cover other students, pushing these costs on to you. Rather than buying 4 glue sticks for your student, you commonly see 12 to 24 glue sticks on the list.
Think of what you can do with an extra 635 dollars in your pocket right now. Maybe you've been eyeballing that really great Switched on Schoolhouse 3rd grade 5 subject curriculum for $450. You've still got nearly 2 hundred dollars left to spend on some great supplements to go along with it.
Not only that, but your kids aren't worried about making sure their clothes aren't the current style or being ridiculed for wearing last years jeans or a pair of thirty dollar Wal-mart sneakers when everyone else is wearing $180 dollar Nikes. If your kid wants to wear the same shirt for 2 days (or 2 weeks) straight, so be it, nobody is there to tease them about it.
If you have friends, family or co-workers who have children in public schools, then you'll know what I'm talking about here. Without a doubt, you've at some point been given a brochure for Krispy Kreme donuts, cookies, nuts or wrapping paper.
Fundraising at school has become the norm. As budget cuts hit school funding hard, schools are having to rely on turning students into door to door salesmen in order to help cover the costs of books, supplies or to refurbish the worn out gym. Not only are we spending much more on school supplies for the classroom but we're also having to haggle our friends and family for money to help pay for what isn't covered.
Last year, my daughter brought home 7 different fund raising campaigns that ranged from donuts to
Now, I can understand doing fundraising for activities such as sports and clubs in order to help offset the costs for families who are involved in those projects but when the entire school body is bringing home packets begging for money to cover books, it speaks poorly for the school systems.
Thank you for visiting my Day 2 of the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop brought to you by The Schoolhouse Review Crew and Homeschool Blogging Connection. You can find all 56 participating blogs by clicking here or visit some of these suggested blogs :)
Rebecca @ Raventhreads
Rebekah @ There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining
April @ ElCloud Homeschool
Tara @ This Sweet Life
Tara @ Embark on the Journey
Jennifer @ Chestnut Grove Academy
Annette @ In All You Do
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker