A year ago our the oldest of our second family asked me if we could home school her? At that time it was not an option or a possibility due to different guidelines. Now however many people have asked me and I have said "No. I couldn't do that." Then the other day I saw an event that came across my news feed about home schooling and was an event for current, just starting, and new home school parents. After talking to my other half and spouse, Donald, we thought why not and what can it hurt? Especially with some current behaviors and struggles that a couple of our little ones are having.
So that evening we went to the event held in Watertown and met with Meredith George who was so helpful. Meeting with Jena and Stephan was great because of their years of working at home schooling their own children. Both shared what we need to do. How to go about the forms. That an IHIP is not something that is as scary as it seems. Plus you are able to work your own schedule and all year long at school. It is more flexible then regular school.
We have been looking at the pros and cons as this is not an easy decision. I mean to be honest next year our last one goes to pre-k. On the other hand I am home, educated, and capable. What are the hold ups? I will start with the cons.
This is not an easy decision or one that has been taken lightly. We have atypical children who need more time and more one on one. They are all amazing with their own minds. At first it was thought to just start with the boys. However, the girls could get jealous that the boys are home and the boys because the girls are in school. Then they might throw the routine off if we add the girls a half year later. Not an easy choice at all. The two youngest we would like to teach together. Our "twins" that is. The amazing thing is the support and amount of people that say "you can do it" and are there to help. Thank you so much. At this moment we are both excited and nervous. Any tips, tricks, groups, or sites we are more than happy to listen to and take in. If it is "you are crazy", we will address that with "yes certified" but crazy for love of our children and we will work at what is in the best interest for them.
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