I have two children. My son is 11 and in the 6th grade this year. He has attended public school from kindergarten on. My daughter is five and is due to begin kindergarten next year. With my son we have faced many challenges in public school and it only keeps getting worse. He has been described by teachers, counselors, and school psychologists as a "genius." Maybe he is and maybe he isn't, but the public school curriculum and overworked teachers just cannot keep up with his needs. This leads to extreme frustration for him, which causes behavioral issues. I have attempted to supplement his education at home, but it is very difficult when he is at school all day and comes home an exhausted, sullen, zombie-child. I have kept him in public schools all this time, because I thought that it was important for him to socialize with other children every day. I was greatly mistaken. After intense research and consideration, I have decided that this is not the type of socialization that he needs. He needs a real education that meets his personal needs and challenges his mind, and he needs real-life socialization. My daughter deserves the same.
I work about 30 hours per week (3 nights) and I cannot quit working, but I feel that we can work around my schedule. There are two children who differ greatly in age and maturity. This will be a huge challenge. I intend to register with Carolina Homeschooler this month for next school year. I am looking for any advice on how to withdraw my son from public school, how to get started, how to juggle and manage the two children, work, and our growing "homestead." We live in a rural area with three dogs, two cats, a rabbit, three hermit crabs, eight chickens (currently), and an extensive garden. We have plans to expand this to include more chickens (for eggs and meat), goats (milk and meat), and possibly rabbits (meat). My children are learning animal husbandry, gardening, home canning and preserving, cooking (from scratch), sewing, sustainability, and self-reliance. At the same time, we incorporate math, biology, chemistry, history, sociology and much more into all of these lessons.
I feel that our family is more than equipped to handle homeschooling, but the prospect is a little overwhelming. Any advice on this transition would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!