What inspired you to start homeschooling?
I started homeschooling for a few reasons. First off, my daughter’s birthday falls right after the cut off for school and I felt like she at this time can handle more advanced curriculum. At 2 years old, I started her with a learning through play curriculum. She finished that before the summer and then at the beginning of the current school year we started a 3 year old curriculum even though she wasn’t 3 years old yet.
Why not choose public school at this time?
I feel as though homeschooling gives me the freedom to let her go with her flow of learning and not hold her back. I feel as though if she went to public school, she would be held back because she is advanced for her age. Another reason is that we used to live near Washington, D.C. and I felt as though the schools were very political.
As a Christian family, we felt as though there were issues in the schools that we didn’t want to discuss with a kindergartener. We do believe we need to have these conversations at one point, but we wanted control over those situations. With that, we are a one income family and cannot afford private school. A new reason that we have added to our list is the freedom to travel and move.
Do you plan to continue to homeschool?
My husband is an Assistant Professor at a local university and working on obtaining tenure. If he achieves this, in a few years he might want to take a sabbatical and move for a year or so somewhere else. If our children are in school, we would have to unenroll them from school and then reenroll them where ever we end up. This would mean an interruption in schooling.
So if we are homeschool, we will just have to research homeschool laws and set up our homeschool in our new location. We also would want to discover this near area for the year or so we are there so homeschooling gives us this freedom. This is a lot to say we love the freedom that homeschooling can give us in varying aspects of our lives.