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.