For five of the last seven years, I have homeschooled my younger set of kids. I decided to do so after years of frustration dealing with schools with the older set of kids. When it came time to register my daughter for first grade (we sent her to Kinder Care for kindergarten), I decided I just couldn't go through that again.
I wrung my hands so much, but the conversation that finally pushed me to make the decision for homeschool was a phone call I had with Mr. Jones. I distinctly remember where I was. I was sitting on the back door... well, one of the back doors... we had a lot of doors at this place... I was sitting on the side yard back door step.
From where I remember the shade of the giant ficus falling in the yard, it must have been mid-day. I was going down the pros and cons with Mr. Jones and when I got to homework, he perked up. I remember this because usually he just lets me drone on and on until I come to my own conclusions and then he sort of agrees or doesn't comment. He probably prays that I'll just stop talking. At any rate, I remember him perking up on the topic of homework. I was laying on the ground, letting the warmth of the sun on the cement soothe me. And then I sprang upright.
"HOMEWORK! I HATED the homework thing! I am not going through the nightmare of homework again!!! No, no, no, no, NO!"
Or something like that.
So I pulled the trigger on homeschool, and except for a few semesters of regular or private school, they've been homeschooled.
Now, I wouldn't call myself an expert, but I would say that after all this time, I'm qualified to make some suggestions or give some advice. After talking with another techie/bloggy/homeschool friend of mine, we decided that we should host a Hangout on Air, and call it Homeschool Hangout.
So now every Thursday at 1:30PM Pacific, Jacqueline Cromwell (aka Nerd Mom) and I chat for about an hour, sometimes inviting guests and other times answering viewer questions. The last few hangouts were pretty cool. We had one with my friend Sondra of Happy Healthy Hip Parenting. She came on to share some tips about redirecting your child/student's behavior. And last week, we had another one of my pals on who just completed her first semester of homeschooling her two kids; one with a learning disability.
So if you're so inclined, we'd love for you to come watch, ask questions, or share our hangouts to any homeschool families you might know. We're looking to grow a community of homeschoolers on this Hangout and would love to meet and chat with more homeschoolers in the future.