Why I started homeschooling..

One question that I get asked a lot is why I started homeschooling.  Well, I could do a short explanation or a long explanation.  I am sure it will probably be more in the middle…

When we were still living in AZ we had moved to a newer, larger house.  With that move, we were 25 miles away from the school my kids were going to.  That equaled to be about 100 miles a day of just driving back and forth to school. I really enjoyed their school, although towards the end it was changing quite a bit, but I didn’t have a huge problem with it.

A little more than two years ago, our vehicle was not doing very well.  We took it to be checked and it was a huge repair bill.  At that time gas prices were out of control!  Adding the extra mileage on every month wasn’t helping. Not to mention the kids having to leave super early in the morning, come home after school late to homework, chores, dinner, shower and then go to bed, only to do it again the next day.  It seemed like I was constantly yelling “Go go go go!” because we were in a hurry all of the time…

We randomly talked about homeschooling and Jeffy was unsure of it, instead suggesting the public school that was close to the house.  I didn’t like the school district we were in and the school next to us was disliked even more!  So quite suddenly we decided to try homeschooling.  We didn’t tell anyone what we were doing because it was our own little experiment.  No need to worry anyone if it didn’t work out.  Like I said it was during their Fall break.  We just kind of threw ourselves into it and that first week was great!  Sure, I am sort of embarrassed at some of the things we were doing, but I think that is typical.  My biggest advice for a new homeschooler…don’t just do school at home.  Trust me!  😉

Three Kids

We took the kids out of their school and that was that.  We have been homeschooling ever since.  It seems a lot longer than two years.  I have enjoyed it so much!  I learn things right along with them…and relearn things too!  (Hello, pre-algebra, I am talking to you…) We have grown as a family and we enjoy each others company.  We go on fieldtrips and group outings.  They made a ton of friends of all ages.  We miss our Arizona homeschool friends and are hoping that we make some North Carolina homeschool friends soon!  There are a few groups out here that look promising!

Three kids at phoenix deer valley airport

We look forward to exploring our new state as well as our new part of the country!  I look forward to all of the new things that we get to study, watching the kids figure out what they want to learn about and letting them be kids for as long as they want to.  I appreciate that they aren’t pressured to grow up sooner by their peers.  I can’t believe what kids their ages are doing these days…craziness!

There are so many other questions that I get pertaining to homeschooling…the typical misconceptions and such, and I can go into those another time.  Some are quite humorous now that I think about it…  But I am so happy that we started homeschooling and I would recommend it to anyone that is wanting to try it!

Apple TreeGirl picking apples

I am going to be reviewing some homeschool items soon, so if you are interested, make sure you follow my blog!  🙂

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4 Responses to Why I started homeschooling..

  1. Annie says:

    I wondered how or why you were homeschooling… can I just say I love how simple it all seems for you and your family to have started? you hear LONG stories sometimes, even dramatic ones — but yours is more practical and simple. thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Paula says:

    I am just glad that you didn’t bash the public school system. My kids graduated public school and that worked for us. My grandkids all go to public school and that works too. I am so happy that what you are doing works for you. Your kids are adorable

    • Jennifer says:

      No, everyone does what is right for their family. I can’t bash anyone for their choices, just like I hope they wouldn’t bash me for mine. 🙂 My kids were in a lovely charter school environment and we all liked it! 🙂 Thanks!!

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