Ryan and I decided to homeschool our children six years ago. Our two older children had just completed their first year of school in North Carolina, and we were preparing for the upcoming school year when I realized I didn’t want to go through another school year… At least not through the public school system!
After sending my children away for eight plus hours every day they would have to come home and do two to three hours of homework every night. They were only in kindergarten and second grade! By the time we completed homework, ate dinner, and got cleaned up it was already bed time. It broke my heart to see how exhausted my daughter was each day as she got off the bus. It angered me to listen to a teacher tell me my son couldn’t read his favorite books because they were not his “grade level” (they were three levels higher). All of it was just exhausting, and I knew there was no way our youngest son was ready to be put in that situation. We decided to give homeschooling a chance, and if it wasn’t the right fit for our family we could always put them back in public school.
We officially started homeschooling a few weeks later, and it was AMAZING! I loved seeing all three of my kiddos learning and playing together again. It was easy to see that we had made the right decision. We have had a few bumps along the way and I am sure we will hit many more before we are done, but I wouldn’t change this for anything!