We tried to homeschool 4 years ago and it didn't go well. Now we have a 3rd grader and a Kindergartener. They both attend a Chicago public school and it's not working very well either. I have them home for 3 weeks now on Christmas vacation and I am going to do a trial run of what homeschool might look like for us. I have some giant workbooks that we bought from Costco this summer so we are going to use what we have and make a small go of it. I have not really told them that I am seeing if I think we might do homeschool again, just that we are going to have some fun with learning over the break from school. I pray it goes well because I never wanted to send them to public school. I don't know how they would feel about homeschooling because they like their friends and teachers but we are moving in March so they will have to transfer schools anyway. If we can make this work now is the perfect time to start.
Anyway I just wanted to say hello and dig around this board for some useful info and support :)
Amy WAHM to Elle 3/2/2004, Meadow 12/02/2006, Azaliah 4/09/2009, and Olive 09/23/2011. I have been married to my husband Bill since 2/22/03.....
Welcome back! I hope your Christmas "vacation" goes well and homeschooling works for your family. I think what comforts me is remembering that no education decisions we make have to be forever. We do what works for us right now. Next week, next month, next year we can make a new decision depending on our needs and circumstances. I does seem like it might make your move easier, especially since it is in the middle of the traditional school year. Trying to point out the positives of homeschooling....schedule, making your own choices, etc. will help.
Let us know how it goes! You have come to the right place! :)
Mama to Ainsley (7/01) , Finley (10/06) and Jade (10/06)
We are pulling DD out of kindergarten to homeschool in the new year. I was also thinking homeschool wouldn't work for us but I have been very unhappy with public school after trying it. I would think about what didn't work 4 years ago and why, and what is different now, and how things can be done differently to make this attempt successful. Would an unschooling approach work better or do your kids thrive on more structure? Are there any homeschool groups in your area that can help you with the transition?
You can frame it as not wanting them to have to learn a new teacher, classroom, school in the middle of the year.
You may want to consider if your children need some deschooling time before you jump into any instruction. Kids who are looking forward to a holiday, may not take to educational experiences, and especially workbooks.
Just food for thought.