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If you have followed my blog on Facebook for some time now, you know that I recently announced that I pulled my daughter out of public school and have started homeschooling her. Though there are many reasons for this decision, I would like to share a few of them with you now. First, let me start by saying that homeschooling in a personal choice. While it works for some families, it does not always work for others. In fact, I used to be one of them.
Homeschooling has always been in the back of my mind. When my husband and I first looked at schools for my son, I toured many including public, private, religious, homeschool co-ops and others. In the end, we decided to send my son to a charter school for kindergarten based upon his individual needs. Fast forward a few years later, and we were at the same point with my daughter, and we decided to send her to public school.
However, this year I noticed a few things about the school that was causing her some anxiety. For example, she was in a class size of 35 kids, there was a lot of tween drama and the school day was too long for her. So, my husband and I discussed it and decided that homeschooling my daughter was a much better option for her at this point.
Since taking my daughter out of public school, she’s been able to check out all sorts of homeschooling classes, co-ops, park days and more. For example, she’s currently taking an online veterinarian science class with Outschool.com and will be going on a field trip to a local veterinarian’s office soon.
One day a week she attends a homeschool class with other kids where she gets to work on math and reading together and enjoy PE. The small class size has made all the difference in her ability to learn and process information.
The remainder of the week I teach her at home, while we explore all the different homeschool options available in our area for the fall. The actual idea of staying “home” when you homeschool is a misnomer!
The ability for me to take a leap of faith and homeschool my daughter was not an easy one. I was very scared and nervous about the future. All sorts of questions played out in my mind like what would my parents think, did I have the necessary skills to homeschool my daughter and would my daughter be okay in the end?
One of the things that inspired me during this decision-making process was the song “Me” by Mallary Hope. The lyrics were quite timely.