I started this journey thinking I needed a better opportunity for my kids to grow and learn. We had some problems in a school setting and didn’t want that in the future. I thought a new move, and new chance. My oldest didn’t take well to homeschooling. We argued, she missed her friends and seemed depressed. My youngest one thrived on it. We made the decision to send my oldest to middle school for her to try for just a quarter….that turned into the whole year. While my youngest thrives in homeschool, my oldest seems to thrive (for now) in public school. I know and trust this school. We will have another move coming up and I am not sure about the schools once again. We shall see.
This time of year I get so excited about all the new curriculum there is I haven’t explored. My youngest daughter always laughs when I say I already have your 5th and 6th grade science and history all figured out and bought. Half the time I just want to dive right into the books! We started last week….kind of…. with her big sister still one we do things here and there. I actually got her school area all organized. We are ready for full time in about a month.
I have started becoming more active on Facebook groups having to do with homeschooling in our state and very local ones. I am amazed by the people who come asking questions not knowing how to start, where to start and even the laws of where they live. So happy that these Facebook groups exist. My oldest is going in the 7th grade this coming school year. The idea of homeschooling crept into my head the beginning of 4th grade for my oldest. I didn’t know where to turn. We lived overseas at the time and I volunteered as caregiver for a local Bible study group. One time a group of the kids was from a local homeschool family. I met them and asked if I could come over sometime to talk to her and see how her day was and get some information. A friend and I got that opportunity. I was so thankful to her for taking the time out of her busy day to answer our questions, and just sit and talk with us. That planted the seed and I started doing more and more research.
I am only on my 2nd full year. I am not an expert. I do however try and help anyone that has questions about any part of homeschooling. If I can’t answer the questions, we try and find out together. I absolutely love this season of my life. Will I always homeschool? I don’t know. My sweet youngest says she wants to experience middle school. So time can only tell. I think it will depend whee we are and how the local schools are at that time and place.
What are some of the things you wished you would have known or asked when you began your journey? What is some advice you wold give to a new homeschooling family?