Friday, January 17, 2014
School Choice: Introverts Vs. Extroverts
"What if you got to choose between zero, one, five, or ten people?"
That's my very extroverted 7yo!
Over the years, my five kids have spent time in public, private, and homeschool. We've tried to make the best decision for each child on a year-by-year basis. Unless there's been a compelling reason to do otherwise, we've allowed the kids to weigh in on the decision.
Enter my 7yo son.
Last year, we encouraged him to go to public school kindergarten. We live in a small, friendly community, and felt that a half-day in school was exactly what he needed to gain some more real-world experience after arriving home from China at the age of 3. This year, we were very open to either homeschool or public school. He chose public school even while his older brother remains in homeschool.
I find the choice interesting from an introvert/extrovert standpoint.
I am (thoroughly!) an introvert. The other three kids that I've homeschooled are introverts. We like spending time at home.
In contrast, if nothing is scheduled for the day (and sometimes even if there is), my 7yo wakes up and immediately says, "What are we doing today?" Translation: WHO are we seeing today? Preferably a LOT of people. And family doesn't count!
Although I would be happy to homeschool any of my children, I fully recognize how difficult it would be to homeschool this child if only because his social calendar is never full enough to suit him. Never.
Has anyone else ever thought about how being an introvert/extrovert applies to school choice?