To homeschool or not?

I have wanted to homeschool since my son was 2 years old. To watch the learning process in action, see them developing and growing before my very eyes, and to be a PART of it, has always appealed to me. I am in the process of researching it in our area as well as digging deep inside of my to see what my motivations are.

So far I have found out:
– There are hundreds of different approaches to homeschooling.
– Many parents are opting for it as of late.
– There are support groups all over the place.
– Homeschoolers are BUSY!
– There are many different reasons to homeschool.
– You can buy used material in a lot of different place. (yay!)

Some of my reasons to consider this are presently as follows:
– I think a lot of time in public school is wasted. I believe they could get a good education at home in half the time.
– I want to be able to focus in on some of the stuff they LOOOve to do, such as science, math, sociology and chemistry nevermind what I enjoy such as history, photography, music and writing.
– I am extremely concerned about the influence my boys are subjected to being in such a secular environment (public school/preschool) – how it will change them, what habits they will pick up…
– Both my boys have a handful of food allergies…protecting them during the school year can be a complicated task.
– I think it’s important to think outside the box, education included.

I have fears too.
– My older son loves socialization. I know that I could provide many opportunities for that, but, I wonder if he would actually miss the classroom?
– Would I be able to mix the roles of parent/teacher?
– Would they accept me in the teacher role?
– Would I get bored or perhaps feel trapped after several months?

I have purchased a lot of books, I am researching online and I am lucky to have people to talk to about it (homeschoolers and not homeschoolers).

I believe, with much prayer, by the end of this summer, I will know what I want to do. I wanted to post about it because I think homeschooling is picking up popularity lately. A lot of families are making this choice and I as I go through this journey, I want to share with you what I learn! I hope it is beneficial!

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