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Homeschool

I had planned on homeschooling my children since before they were born and figured that it would literally go on right up to their high school years.  I’ve spent years of my life planning and researching and reading and talking and looking and hunting.  I’ve spent the better part of the last couple of years homeschooling.

However, beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2012, I am no longer homeschooling my children for a number of (simple and complex) reasons.  You can read the original (slightly emotional) announcement post over yonder.  The shorter version is that it’s tough to be a secular homeschooler in a Christian homeschool world.  My kid loved his homeschool gym class, but in the two years he was able to go he only ever made one friend.

Now?  Our neighborhood public school isn’t perfect and not all of the kids (or their parents) are necessarily friendly.  The academics leave something to be desired, but my son has several friends and loves going to school.  The parents that we’ve met both at the school and on his YMCA soccer team (of which there is some overlap) are super friendly.  Simply put, in a shorter time frame we know more people and don’t feel like we’re outcasts.  True, we’re still odd, but not one cares about our religious beliefs.  It is not a pre-requisite for socializing with us.

We’re all a great deal happier than we were before – even if we had to give up some of the cool stuff.

You can still read our homeschooling posts and I’ve created a reference page about some of the units we covered located up above.

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  9. I’m trying to research all the options for our kid’s education and homeschooling is on the table for discussion, I’m so sorry that you had such an awful experience. But I thank you for sharing this, because it makes me realize as wonderful as homeschooling sounds, I should remove my rose coloured glasses. . .

    • I still have fond memories of homeschooling, but I think it’s wise to consider factors like:

      • How closely aligned with the local homeschooling cultural norm in your area are you?
      • Is there a local support group that would welcome your family’s participation?
      • Do you have a partner that will be home in the evenings?
      • How far are you from enrichment activities?

      These aren’t the sorts of questions I asked myself before we started. I was far more focused on the nitty-gritty mechanics of homeschooling. The reality is that I found that these factors played a much bigger role in how successful we were than I anticipated. I could have probably worked around the issues we faced, but it would have required a lot of traveling and running around. Being the introvert that I am, I knew that would have stretched me far beyond my limits.

      I wouldn’t say that it was an awful experience. If we lived somewhere else, if the local homeschooling culture was less religious, etc, etc, we would likely still be homeschooling. If the circumstances ever change, it’s certainly something we would consider again.

      Best of luck to you as you decide what works best for your family! :0)

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