We are currently in our seventh year of homeschooling. My research on homeschooling started years before we began. When my firstborn son was still a baby, I heard about a homeschooling presentation at the local library. I attended, baby in arms, and very much liked what I learned. Before we had children, my husband and I had both discussed the public school system’s shortcomings, and how we would “take it to the next level” with our children when they came home from school. We didn’t realize at the time that we were discussing what’s called “After-schooling”. It wasn’t a very big leap for me, from considering after-schooling to homeschooling, especially because I enjoyed being a mother and spending time with my child so much.
I read a few books, and when I read The Well-Trained Mind, I knew that the Classical method was the way to go. My husband wasn’t quite sold, as we had both enjoyed our time in public schools, despite some boredom at times. We were both in agreement, however, that the Junior Kindergarten offered in the area we lived in at the time, was certainly not necessary, and our son stayed home instead, experiencing the birth of his little sister that year.
Since my hubby was convinced my son should “give public school a try”, we enrolled him in Kindergarten at the best French-immersion school in town. We had our reservations, as our son had been playing chess since he was 3 years old, and was very bright, but felt that the French-immersion would give him a challenge. Well, it was much like forcing a square peg in a round hole; it didn’t work very well. We made him stick out the year, although he begged to come back home (in retrospect, we probably just should have pulled him out then).
Our first year of homeschooling, my son’s Gr. 1 year, went well. It was tough juggling a toddler who refused to nap, but we managed. He caught influenza that year, and was laid up in bed for weeks, which made me glad we were homeschooling and he didn’t have to worry about any homework piling up at school!
By the time my daughter was school age, homeschooling had become a way of life. We loved how much time it gave us as a family, and how much time the children had to explore their own interests. My children are now age 12 and 7, still homeschooling, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
How did you decide to homeschool?