I may be getting ahead of myself here. My baby may be under a year old and I am already thinking about his education. This is not because I am a pushy mama who wants her child on the Oxford University radar before he leaves primary school. It is because, as I get to know my baby and his personality more and more, I wonder whether 'regular school' is going to be the best option for him.
I said in a post only a week or so ago that home schooling would not be an option for several reasons. These reasons are that I am not sure how the family would feel about it and I have not been sure that I trust myself to give Bobby a good enough education. However, recent events and some reading have made me think again.
Bobby has been very alert more or less since he was born. I remember at four days old he was sat on his Great Auntie's knee turning his head so that he could follow his dad around the room with his eyes. He is an intense baby who needs a lot of stimulation. If he doesn't receive this engagement, he very quickly becomes frustrated and upset. He doesn't start school for another three years or so and his personality might be totally different by then; he might have moved passed only being able to cope with one to one care. He is still very young and babies change very quickly. There is still a long way to go. But I worry as to whether he will receive the attention that he needs and the right amount of mental stimulation if attends regular school.
I have considered supplementing his education where I can with things like Forest School, especially in the pre-school years, but I still wonder (and worry) whether it will be enough. This is where home schooling comes in - I can see the benefits that it would bring in teaching a child in a way and at a pace that is right for them.
It feels like a risky thing to do, especially when I start to think about further education. But having said this, we don't need to home school him all the way through. We can just see how it goes; he may decide that he want to go to regular school later on. I may feel differently in a few years and might end up sending him to regular school anyway.
In the mean time, I am going to do my best to do the right thing for my child. Beyond this I am going to do a lot of reading on education (I have seen a book on the Finnish education system that looks particularly interesting and I may be doing a review on this.) If I have a look of research under my belt I can be sure of making the right decision. I will keep you posted of the things that I am trying during the pre-school years and the reading that I am doing, and we will see where this journey takes us.