These are not easy questions, and there is no one right blanket answer. As your children get older, the questions get harder and the answers become more personalized. With the babies, I can pretty easily and accurately say, "For your 3 week old, waketime should be between 30-50 minutes, with most babies liking about 40 minutes." This is true no matter where you live and what your culture is. It is true no matter what your values and goals. Your community has no impact on this.
When it comes to older children, however, the questions do not have simple and universal answers. Should you homeschool or send your child to homeschool? I don't know. I can tell you what we have decided for our family and why, but I can't tell you what you should do for your family. Some of you know without doubt. For others, it is a difficult question to answer.
This week, we will have a series of posts to help those of you wondering what to do--and even what to ask yourselves. Tuesday will be a guest post on Charter schools written by a mother whose children attend a charter school. Charter schools are similar to private schools, but they are publicly funded. Wednesday, I will discuss public schools. Thursday, we will have a guest post on homeschooling from a homeschooling mom.
The first decision you will face educationally is preschool. Not all families who send their child to school decide to send their children to preschool, and not all families that homeschool do preschool from home also. I already have a post that addresses this topic, found here:
To Preschool Or Not?:http://www.babywisemom.com/2010/04/to-preschool-or-not.html
As we discuss schooling options this week, please feel free to share your own decisions and reasoning for your schooling choices. Please do keep it respectful--there is no need to "bash" one form of education as you discuss what you like about your own choices. The goal of this week is to be helpful to parents who are deciding what is best for their families.