At first I felt somewhat guilty about my decision to withdraw Jemma from her school. She loves it. She walks in with a smile and leaves with a smile. She anticipates her school days and has grown so much in her short time in her three year old class. She has little friends and adores her teachers. But still, I felt that tug; that maybe it wasn’t what we should be doing right now. I sat down and whipped out a little pro/con list and did some soul searching to get to the bottom of why I was being tugged in that direction.
So far, I’ve loved Matt Walsh’s post on why he and his family are planning to homeschool and The Busy Mom is another favorite of mine for homeschooling tips and motherhood inspiration.
Courtney Spena says
Congratulations on your decision Gretchen! We aren't quite there yet with Abigail(planning to start homeschool preschool in the fall), but my husband and I were both homeschooled and have nothing but fond memories and feelings about it :) You'll be great.
Cody Doll says
Awe I am soooo happy you did that! I don't down parents that send their child to public school but I was a homeschool girl at heart. I was allowed for a year but my dad forced me back in. I hated public school. I love the reasons that you want to let her soar. This is just awesome. You rock on mom.
My best piece of advice is do what works for you. You will find so many opinions about teaching/learning styles, curriculum, timelines, standards, etc. It can be overwhelming. Nobody knows your family better than your family…and what teacher out there can have the time & love for them that you do?Best wishes! I pulled my 3 year old son out of preschool five years ago and don't regret our time together at all.
Good for you. Preschool is so rigid today. Babies need time to play. The preschools I have seen recently have a curriculum like kindergarten, and the kindergarteners I have seen are no more prepared when they go to preschool as when they have attentive parents.
Nice! We pulled my daughter out of second grade over Christmas break and are now homeschooling her too. Bonus: my just turned 5 year old insists on doing school right along with us and in just a few weeks has already learned to write all his letters and numbers and is adding! We have been working toward this goal since the day she started kindergarten and it feels so good to finally be able to follow through. Congratulations to you and your family as well. :)
It must be something about Christmas break that makes us mamas think "what if there was no school and we were always home" :) Happy to know another mama who made the transition mid-year like us! I totally see Max learning alongside Jemma – right now he's just kind of messy, but he is VERY interested in exactly what she is doing.
Jess Gougeon says
Congratulations on your decision. My husband and I recently decided to start preschool homeschooling in the upcoming months, as well. We are still uncertain of whether I will continue homeschooling them once they reach the conventional kindgergarden age- I suppose I have a lot of time to research and work on homeschooling before we have to come to that decision. After all, Elliot only JUST turned three last month, right? I look forward to reading your homeschool posts/tips/etc.
You do have lots of time to decide! I'm definitely taking it one week/month/year at a time :)
Kristance and Matthe says
This is wonderful! I've been feeling the homeschool tug too. (;