When I first made the decision to homeschool, my oldest daughter was 4. And I was high on 800 mg. of Motrin.
I was then able to ease into homeschooling starting with preschool, and when that year went by without any of us needing therapy, I graduated to Kindergarten.
Notice I said “I” as opposed to “she”.
Because my homeschooling mantra has always been, “As long as I remain one day smarter than my children, and the medicine cabinet is stocked with Excedrin, we’ll give it another year.”
And now we’re on our 5th year. So far, so good.
This week I received an e-mail from Kathryn who is looking for advice on homeschooling her up and coming freshman in high school.
High school. Yikes. I can’t even think that far ahead. I am so in denial that my kids will ever be teenagers.
But it will be AWESOME, because that’s about the time that MENOPAUSE will be in full swing.
I get just giddy thinking about all the blog fodder.
I asked Kathryn if I could post her e-mail, thusly posing her question to my more seasoned homeschooling readers.
Hi! I came across your website, while looking around about homeschooling my son.. I am worried about starting. I have 3 children 15,14, and 13. I am only wanting to homeschool my 15 year old. I do not like the school district here and he will be starting the 9th grade this year. I do not want him in this high-school. Would it be wise to homeschool just him or do homeschooling for all of them? If you have any questions or comments about my inquiry, please e-mail me and let me know.
My initial knee jerk response was to tell Kathryn to homeschool just her 15 year old, and as she gains confidence, bring the others home as well. If homeschooling turns out to be a good fit for her family, of course.
Also, I told her to see if she could get involved with a local homeschooling support group. She said that she lives in a very small town of about 2000, so her resources may be limited.
I now turn this over to y’all. If you have any sage advice on how to proceed, or curriculum choices, please leave them in the comments.