Why Homeschool? Is Public or Private school not good enough? They are okay, but they just aren’t for us right now.
I started homeschooling in 2012. We just had our 3rd baby (KB) and Marty was transitioning from his military career of 12.5 years to a new job. Bubba was back at our neighborhood school and I wasn’t feeling it. I really did try to like it but all the “signs” pointed to homeschooling. Seriously, there were signs (mailers, ads, etc.).
In October of 2012, I pulled him out of school and we continued 2nd grade at home. Marty was busy traveling for work, I had an infant, and 2.5-year-old, and no real support from my family about homeschooling. I failed. 6 months after withdrawing him from public school, I put him in private school after spring break.
Bubba continued in private school for 3rd grade and into 4th grade. The homework kept him busy for hours, and he barely saw his dad with the work/school schedule. It was a lot. Then I realized that the very expensive private school was using common core and all the kids did group work. I knew then that it was time to try homeschooling again.
Homeschooling isn’t easy!
I withdrew Bubba in October of 4th grade and we started homeschooling again. It wasn’t an easy transition and I suck at teaching. We made it work, though. 5th grade came and whew, it was easier. I found a curriculum that suited both of us and I could work with his sister, Rea. I started homeschooling Rea when she entered Kindergarten. KB was still at her local preschool.
Our first year of homeschooling all 3 went better than I thought. KB still struggles but she has Apraxia, so we go slow. Year 2016-2017 is in the books!
Now on to the 2017-2018 school year. Bubba is in 7th grade. Rea is in 2nd grade and KB is in Pre-K/Kindergarten. I will admit this – it is difficult to homeschool 3 kids in 3 didn’t age groups.
Will the kids ever go back to school?
We homeschool because we enjoy family time. Marty’s job keeps him busy and school hours kept him from seeing them as much as he wanted. So for now, we homeschool. Will we always homeschool? Who knows. We enjoy traveling and homeschooling makes it very easy to travel. If we move to an amazing school district then possibly. However, until I am ready to commit to spending more money on a mortgage to live in the “amazing school district”, I will stay put.