Last week we made another somewhat sudden trajectory shift and decided to homeschool for the last two months of this year. There were a lot of reasons for it, some of which I'll flesh out here, and thus far we are really enjoying it.
We knew when we decided to travel full time that at some point, it would mean homeschooling out kids, but we wanted to give each of them the full kindergarten experience, you know, for socialization and stuff. But last Tuesday, when we woke up and the little one had ANOTHER low-grade fever, we decided that, while we thought it best for him to stay home, he has to keep learning despite the upheaval in our lives.
Since we were suddenly in a really good school district, we decided that rather than dealing with the expense of tuition and driving out to the school every day he would switch schools. He started taking the bus every day, and we saved some money. Then things went south with our roommate situation, and we ended up sending him away to my mom's for an extended winter break. Then we all went on vacation for a week. We moved to Southfield and started driving him to the Auburn Hills school. Then he got sick for the week before spring break. So at this point he had missed more school than he had attended at the new school and every day he did make it to school we were at least 5 minutes late.
It didn't look good. It wasn't good. We hated it. He hated it. We had multiple "what if we ..." conversations about homeschooling him in 1st grade. So when he woke up sick again we felt the universe screaming at us to just listen! And we did. We talked to him about what it would look like. And he agreed to try it. I think we are all better for it. And, well, if it doesn't work out, he can head back to traditional school in the fall.
Here's how the first week went
I'd appreciate any homeschooling advice you've got!