Part 1- The Decision
We have been asked many times about our journey into homeschooling and I always answer the same way. Homeschooling chose us, we didn’t chose homeschooling. Both my husband and I were typical public school students with average grades and a semi-positive schooling experience. We never thought that homeschooling would be a part of our lives- until we became parents.
Our oldest son, Elijah, was born almost 10 years ago and had the misfortune blessing of being born on September 6th- 6 days after the school age cut off date. Obviously when he was born I wasn’t thinking about what that would mean in his future, but as he began to get close to school age I realized that the year all his friends went to kindergarten, he would not be joining them. That is the first time I considered homeschooling.
I had read an article about homeschooling once but that was the extent of my knowledge on the subject. As the first day of Kindergarten grew closer for many of Elijah’s friends, my husband and I began discussing the possibility of homeschooling for the first time. It took many long conversations before we finally made the decision to “try” homeschooling him for a year. If it didn’t work out we could always put him in school for kindergarten the following year. It was a cavalier decision- I had no experience in homeschooling, no one I knew was homeschooling, and I really didn’t even know what it would take to be a homeschooling Mom.
So I began researching homeschooling and I was immediately overwhelmed. There was SO much information- I had no idea where to begin. All I knew was that we had made the decision to homeschool and somehow I was going to have to figure this all out.
Up Next- Homeschooling 101- Part 2- The Laws
We have many years of homeschooling experience and we are hoping to be able to share our trials and our triumphs here in our Homeschooling 101 series. We will walk you through the basics and answer our most commonly asked questions. We hope this will be a good resource for those just beginning their journey and an encouragement to the more experienced homeschoolers.