With the support of my husband, we have decided to homeschool starting this Fall! This is something I wanted to do last year but my husband and I were not seeing eye to eye on the idea so I decided to put the kids in a half-day Montessori program and see how things went with my work and teaching them part-time at home. The kids school day is from 8:30-11:30am. I spend almost as much time driving them to school as they are in school! My husband cannot help with driving because of his non-flexible work schedule. I am on the road 2 hours a day and they are in school for 3 hours a day.
Fall 2010 I was going to have to put both kids in school all day because sweet boy would be starting first grade and even though I know Bella is not ready for all day, I was going to have to do it OR be on the road 4 hours a day with a baby. Well, this stressed me out and kept me awake at night. I was getting stressed out about Bella being in school all day, sweet boy being away all day, both kids not spending enough time with their baby brother, me driving so much with the baby, and not having enough family time.
Up to about a month ago, my husband was not supportive of me homeschooling because I work. It is work from home but it is still work. I completely understood his point. He does not want me to be overwhelmed.
So what changed his mind? Well, I am always e-mailing him articles about homeschooling and talking to him about the benefits. As I was reading the book “The Homeschooling Option” by Lisa Rivero this month, my husband came home one day talking about an ex-student of his, who had babysat for us, who went by his school to visit. He mentioned to her that I wanted to homeschool and she told him all about the great homeschool students she was attending college with. So he said that we should try it! WOW, you have no idea how excited I was.
My plan is to continue with the kids Montessori education at home. I’ve been spending a lot time for the past two weeks reading, figuring out where the kids are in their learning so I know where to start and I’ve began to make materials. I am also looking into our homeschooling Co-ops. My community is a HUGE homeschooling community so we have a big support group, co-ops, and families who get together weekly for field trips and playgroups.
It is amazing how at peace I am now, much happier, and productive!