I have always wanted to home school but now that DD1 is 4.5 I am trying to assess if this is what's best for her/me/us/our family. I also have a 2.5 y/o and am due with baby #3 in mid-May. DH is concerned (This is in a loving way, not a bad way. He's not being controlling and will support me either way.) that I will be overwhelmed trying to adjust to/care for a 3rd child and home school. He also pointed out that DD would really love being with the other kids and I agree with that. She does well with lots of social input.
So I am trying to figure out what is realistic as far as expectations go. I know it will look different for everyone and not all learning is done formally but DD does love structured learning and workbooks. Can you tell me what your kindergartener's day/week looks like? How much focused time does it take for you?
I am thinking realistically maybe an hour to hour and a half with some breaks in there for wiggles.
There is a home school co-op on Mondays from 1 to 3. I worry about this time a little with a baby developing into a sleep rythm. However, I also worry about a stringent pick-up drop-off time with going to school so that's not a huge concern.
She goes to Awanas at church on Thursday nights. I would like to get her into gymnastics if we can. She also goes to Sunday School each week. Obviously, there are also other random outings and play-times that are not regularly scheduled.
Thoughts? Can you tell me about starting with a new baby in the house?