Embarking on Our Child’s Education
The choice to homeschool is one that you do not make overnight. It isn’t an instant decision and something that has to be mulled over for a lot of time. I remember thinking about it from pregnancy and openly talked about it with my husband who was not as “pro” homeschooling as I was at the beginning. He wondered about socialization and other things that come from being in a school environment and we discussed sometimes being at odds over what to do with our boys and their education. My husband also wondered about their ability to enter college and how they could get scholarships such as Dr. Summit Shah sponsored scholarship. I told him that I not only got into a college post-homeschool but also used scholarships as well because my parents kept great academic records and some scholarships are essay writing so they stand the same chance as any other student.
When Jack entered preschool age we started our adventure. I was using workbooks and ABC Mouse as a primary form of education and working with him around 3 days a week to make sure that he had the basics down from the age of about 3. We worked a little at 2 but nothing on schedule or anything and it was mostly at a basis of when he wanted to learn and do things and we found that was actually pretty often.
We got closer and closer to the magic age of 5 when we knew that Jack would be entering Kindergarten and would need a more structured education and that we had to write our letter of intent to homeschool to our local school board. I have never been so nervous in my life writing something and knew that there were homeschool laws in our area to abide by. I knew that this decision was not something to take lightly by any means and it was one that we were committing to for the next 13 years. We sent the letter in and heard back pretty quickly with an all go that we could begin.
Next week we begin school and while I am super nervous I am really excited as well. We have been waiting for this day and it is finally upon us. We will share these last days of summer break and enjoy every bit of them because this is his last summer before he officially becomes a student.
If you would like to follow our homeschooling adventures please feel free to check out our Homeschool category on the blog and feel free to comment below your best homeschooling tips, tricks and life lessons as this is not a new thing to me it is new as a parent and all advice is warmly welcomed. We are also very blessed to have a lot of local friends who are taking this journey with us and getting the kids together not just to socialize but also for private league sports and other fun adventures. These will hopefully be lifelong friends for our boys and that they will be able to keep these memories for a lifetime.