I have 4 kids, with another one due on Halloween. We've homeschooled off and on, but everybody has been home for the past 2 years.
Next fall, 2 of my kids, my 2nd grader and Kindergartener are going to school. I'll have my 5th grader, 3 year old, and then new baby at home.
We applied to a few charter schools, and my Kindy boy got into a really good one. The older 2 are each around 100 on the waitlist, so there is really no chance of them getting in for next year. However, after Rowan has been there for a year, siblings get pushed to the top of the waitlist, so the hope is that all 3 will be there for the following year (it is K-12). Lilah, my 2nd grader, will go to our neighborhood school because she really wants to try school. Noah, my 5th grader is very very anxious about school, so he is going to stay home one more year, and we are going to work with his counselor to get him used to the idea.
I am both very excited and very nervous. I really love having my kids around all the time, so I know I am going to miss that. I will also miss our relaxed lifestyle. I will not miss the teaching part of homeschooling though, which is the reason they are going to school. Education is very important to me, and my husband, and while I do want to be involved in my kids' learning, I don't want to be fully responsible for it. I like cooking, gardening, traveling with my kids and just hanging out with them, but I don't like teaching them reading, spelling, and math. And, unschooling just isn't my thing.
In an ideal world, I'd be able to send my kids to school for language arts (reading, writing, grammar, etc) and math, maybe science at some point, and have them home the rest of the time. That doesn't seem possible here though, so we are giving this a go.
Anybody else in a similar position?