Whoever says that homeschooled children are not socialised needs to meet David Forman. David is the youngest of three children, with two sisters older than him. Mom Deirdre says she decided to homeschool her kids at a very early age because the family wanted to spend more time together. They wanted a routine that was more flexible, giving them time to do things together.
Homeschooling has worked out just fine for David, who not only received a perfect score on the SAT, but was also named as a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
Deirdre quit her job as an audiologist when they decided to homeschool, and David has been taught at home from the 2nd grade. Being that flexible allowed them to take a five week holiday to Europe when the kids were younger.
“I’m so glad I did it,” she said. “It has been so much fun, but when my oldest started school I just thought I could make it better for her. It was actually quite doable.”
David thinks that the statement about homeschooled kids not being socialized is simply not true, his days are so full, he barely has time for himself! With debate classes and folk dance, orchestra and musical theatre, his days are certainly full!
“Tuesday and Thursday are musical theater,” he said “I’m going somewhere every day.”
While David enjoys reading novels by Dickens and Jane Austen, his true passion comes from music. Homeschooling has allowed him to blossom in this field. Anything that is not academic, is more than likely related to music.
David used to play the violin for the Peninsula Youth Orchestra. He took first place in the Bremerton Symphony Concerto competition. David also played the part of The Cowardly Lion in the Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre.
David will be going off to Hillsdale College in Michigan, and is pleased that he will be near to his older sister, who also attends the college. He agrees that he was only able to participate in so many extramural activities because he was homeschooled.
“If you are going to do as many activities as David did, you really value the additional time and making the most of the time both for academics and the arts and family time,” she said.
Mom Deirdre says that homeschooling was the best decision she made, although with David heading off to college, she knows she is going to miss him very much. The house will seem empty with no kids in it any more. Nevertheless, Deirdre still thinks that it was the best decision she could have made with her kids.
“I’m going to miss him when he goes to college, and I haven’t figured out what I’ll do with all that time,” she said. “It has been a wonderful way of life. I just wish I had two more kids.”
Source: The News Tribune