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September 7, 2012

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How to Handle the Question of Homeschooling

It’s back to school time.  Almost everyone I know has posted a photo of their little adorables all ready for their first day of school.
Not me.
They are not going to school.
My boys are 2.6 years old.  Do they need to go to school?
The state of New York says that legally, I don’t have to put them into school until Kindergarten.
Of course, there are ways around that with homeschooling, but legally I
have a few years until they have to go to a ‘school’ of some kind.  And Kate and I have to agree what that is going to be.  Right now, we are not in agreement and are choosing to respect each other’s opinions.
It’s a tricky tightrope.

I knew that by choosing not to do a “2’s” program or some full time preschool, I was going to have to answer a lot of questions, but I didn’t realize quite how many and from so many different people.
Friends, family, strangers, nannies on the playground.  Everyone wants to know if my kids are going to school this Fall.
And every time someone asks I feel like I have to explain myself.

I shouldn’t–really.  I should just be able to say, “No.  They are staying home with me.”
But I go on with the justifications, “It costs so much money.  I still couldn’t go back to work because of the hours.  If I did go back to work I’d have to get a nanny to fill in the gaps.  The preschool + the nanny would probably cost more than I’d be making.”

Preschool in Manhattan is crazy expensive and I’m not convinced they need it.  Besides–they are TWO!
That’s what I really want to say.  But in saying that I am going to offend and alienate myself to a large portion of my social circle.
If I’m really on a roll, I tell them that we decided to take the boy’s preschool money and travel for a year instead.  So yeah, we DO have the money.  (Kate hates it when I make it sound like we can’t afford to send them to preschool).  We are just deciding to make a better investment with it.  After all, I personally, cannot think of a better education than taking your kids traveling with you.  
This either opens up an entire conversation of ‘Wow’s’ or their eyes glaze over as they process what the hippie in the city just said.
Worldschooling.  Roadschooling.  Homeschooling.  Whatever you want to call it, the kids are going to be learning an incredible amount in the years coming up and I’m convinced it’s for the best.
These boys of mine are ahead of the curve already.  I know I’m biased because they are mine (but not genetically–I didn’t have anything to do with these brains of theirs), but these two are crazy smart.  This is a benefit of being able to choose the ideal specimen for 50% of their genetic makeup.  It’s a nice bonus after all of the hassle of trying to get pregnant and shelling out 25K, right?!

I don’t think keeping them out of preschool is going to do any great harm and I do have them signed up for a couple of outside classes so it’s not like we don’t get out and do other things.
In fact, we get out and do more than most other moms I know.  We have new adventures every single week and New York City has an endless supply of more amazing things to discover.

If you want to homeschool and you want the world at your fingertips–this is the city to be doing it.

Sebastian aka Whoop Whoop thinking about all of the animals he just saw at the Bronx Zoo….