When my oldest was 4 going on 5 I had the hardest time with sending her to school. She had a late August birthday and didn’t seem quite ready for school to me. I decided to keep her home and I started teaching her to read.
That time sent me on a journey to learn everything I could about homeschooling. I started reading books about homeschooling, talking to other mothers who had done it before, and trying things out myself. By the time the next year rolled around, I had already decided this is what I wanted to do.
I didn’t have a plan for how long we would homeschool, but one year turned into another and another. We added children to our school, and soon I was teaching all four of our kids full time.
When I was in the trenches of full time homeschooling, we were doing homeschool groups, some classes with other homeschoolers, and trips. It changed our whole lifestyle – for the good!
When my oldest was about to enter her senior year, she decided she wanted to graduate from a public school. She went to public school for her senior year and after that my second oldest wanted to go too.
I ended up getting a teaching position there and 2 of my kids when to public school, one was in college and one was homeschooled. During this time, my father in law helped with my 10 year old son who was homeschooled.
The next year I had 3 kids in school and one in college. Then last year, my youngest wanted to be homeschooled. It would look very different with me working full time. She would be home with my older daughter and doing the school I left for her.
Now, with the changes due to the pandemic, she will be homeschooled again this year. My college graduate will be guiding her in her homeschool days. We are using Robinson Curriculum and we are excited about it.
If homeschooling is on your mind for this year, I’ve created a free getting started resource that might help you.