Why I started homeschooling: I didn't like the idea of my child being raised by the state institution. AND, It took me out of the home too much working (or stressed out by babysitting a houseful of kids) to be able to afford the tuition to send her to the local church school (which was almost as bad as the public school, in retrospect. Oh! The damage we had to undo!)
Why I kept at it for 8 years:
- I/we loved the flexibility.
- We loved the reading in front of the wood stove in our sweats in the wintertime, in the tree house in the summer time,
- doing math in the bathroom if the mood struck,
- having a blast "socializing" in our HS co-op which covered such things as art, crafts, PE, field trips, cooking, flower arranging, music, drama, etc.
- saving "tuition" money to spend on piano, karate, and swim lessons, trips to museums, parks and zoos, etc.
- having control over what subjects were covered, to what degree, and the ability to move to something else if we decided it was not the right time,
- having the time and energy for extracurricular activities such as 4H, without worrying about staying up late to finish homework or study for a test the next day
- the amazing time I had pouring into my children, talking about life when it happened, and having jr. highers who actually talked to and enjoyed being with their parents (!!!)
Why I eventually went back to work and put them into a traditional school setting: We were in a situation where two incomes became necessary, and the girls wanted to "try" school so they would feel like they fit in more with their peers at youth group (very hard adjustment the first few months. They did not know how to handle the noise and the rudeness!)
Would I do it again? YES, in a heartbeat, and I have! I was able to homeschool my oldest granddaughter for her Kindergarten year. My children not only survived, they excelled academically in the conventional system when they finally entered at grades 12 and 8. (The oldest had done the private school thing K-3, which was dismal, in comparison.)
As a side note, the youngest just finished putting herself through college by going to school while working full time, obtaining her Master's degree.