With it being my first year of homeschooling, I thought I would do a short series of our own personal life of homeschooling.
I will start with the why.
Before I go on, let me just say, I in no way shape or form think I have this all figured out or even put together. I am only on week five currently and already, I have changed some things and learned real quick what is not working for us. This is more just a documentation of our homeschooling life so far. 😉
One thing I have been asked frequently is what made us decide to start homeschooling.
I’ve always known that I would want to homeschool my children. For me, personally, it was just a no brainer. Then, we had our first born and in a blink she was school age! We agreed for her to go to preschool. It was the best in our area and I knew it would be something she would enjoy and gain a lot from. I also became pregnant right in the beginning of her year of preschool so there was no way of me homeschooling. I had about as much energy of a sloth for both first and third trimester.
We now had kindergarten to think about. That’s when I discovered, “oh! Kyle is not exactly on board with this homeschooling thing”. What?? It honestly was just a conversation we never had so neither of knew exactly where the other stood. So, we nicely debated. 😉 No, really we did. We both did our research and was getting those all together when we got the news that Anna’s preschool was opening up for kindergarten for the first time!
I was hestitant at first as, again, I really wanted to homeschool. However, I also had just had a baby and by the time the new school year would start, she would only be a few months old. After more praying, (because yes, there was a lot of praying about this decision. Who would have thought decisions regarding our children’s education would be so stressful?!), we knew this was the right thing to do. So, off she went back there for kindergarten, and I am forever so grateful that she did. That year, Anna flourished! The whole staff and community there was the best for her.
As first grade was approaching, we had “the talk” again and there was no debating. We both agreed it would be good.
There are a lot of reasons why I wanted to homeschool my children and why I think it’s best for my family. One of the big ones is I want for Kyle and I, as the parents, to have our hand on what type of education our children will have. As well as, allowing our children to go the pace that is right for them individually. We get that with homeschooling.
As for Anna, it’s something that she had vocalized that she wanted too. She is loving it and tells everyone and anyone who will listen, about how she “goes to homeschool”. 😉
Again, it’s just our fifth week. I have a lot to learn too. Still finding our groove in some areas. However, I feel really good about this decision and look forward to what all this year has to bring.