Good Evening Everyone!
I'm still pretty new to homeschooling. Last year was our first year and we are about to start our second year in September! I'm excited about this year because we worked out so many kinks last year and I have a much better idea this year about where we are headed and what I think will work for my oldest. I have 3 children. I have one in preschool, one entering 6th grade, and a 3 year old who is going to tag along and work on some Rod and Staff workbooks. I'm not really sure what my style is, this year I have one child doing Sonlight and another doing a mix of different curricula, and my littlest using some Rod and Staff preschool for twos and threes books. (Sounds a bit eclectic:-)
My husband and I decided to start homeschooling for a lot of reasons. We first just mentioned it after we continued to have problems with our daughter being hurt on the school bus by other kids. The school really took a "kids will be kids" attitude toward the problem. We looked into the local Christian school but were floored by the cost. The public school started only having science and social studies a few days a month due to the focus that the Common Core was placing on math and language arts, and the way they were teaching math was challenging our ability to help with homework! It just felt right and natural to turn to homeschooling. Maybe its just me, but it always felt wrong to put my daughter on the bus and watch her go off to a day spent with people that were really strangers to me with values that I know nothing about. (My kids all staying home last year challenged me to be a better person since I am their example and role model in an even bigger way!) I always hear moms say that they can't wait for summer vacation to be over so their kids can go back to school, but I really never felt that way. It has been awesome to see my kids learn more about God and I (shamefully) wish that I had taught them more in the past and I like that homeschooling has made me more accountable in this area. I hope this year goes well and I'm glad to find this site and the blog as well.