I have been considering it forever it seems. I have a son that will be 11 this summer (in 5th grade now) and a daughter that will be 10 this summer (in 4th grade now).
My son is mine from a previous marriage, his father has encouraged HSing, his wife HSs their 3 young children (mostly just their 6 yo right now, the other two are younger). He wanted her to HS my son, but I said no for many reasons. My son is advanced, 5th grade is far too easy for him in public school. He has great teachers, but they also have a classroom full of other students. He LOVES school and his friends. I am torn when I think about taking him out of that environment. They currently switch classes for different subjects, so I am trying to consider if I could send them for certain subjects starting next year and HS them for others. Do schools allow that?
My daughter is actually my stepdaughter, my husband has FULL custody, her mother hasn't had any contact with her in almost a year. We could choose to HS her with no legal repercussions from her mother, she has no legal say in her education so it is really up to my husband. She is just on grade level for everything and could use some extra help in some things, but she doesn't always get it since she kind of skates by. She's quiet and has actually requested to be homeschooled. I don't want her missing out on social things because I think she really needs that social interaction, but I would like to foster some better friendships for her than what she is getting through school. She gives me a VERY hard time as a parent, she is always pushing my buttons, and we clash a lot because we are so similar. We are getting it under control, but it is an ongoing battle. I am nervous about HSing her because when I try to help her with homework sometimes she pushes me away and we end up just yelling at each other. I don't want HSing to turn into a fight every day.
I am an education major (bachelors degree with some MEd courses, but I am taking time off now), I am a para in public kindergarten right now. I don't make a lot, but I need to work at this point. I need to make more money really. I wish my husband had a better job, but he just doesn't right now and there aren't a lot of jobs out there. I am considering trying a 'practice' run with HSing over the summer to see if we could actually do it. So much of it makes me nervous, but I am also very nervous about what my children are learning in school. I have such mixed feelings about it all. I am afraid I am not good enough to teach them, they are getting older and my son especially will be surpassing my education in certain topics before I know it! The stigma also makes me nervous, as I get older I understand that what others think is really not important, but I still wonder how we will be judged. I don't want my kids "missing out" on things their friends do at school, but I really think school is just mostly social for them and I think I can give that to them in other ways (HS groups, sports or other activities).
My husband has great 'life skills' he can teach the kids, he is amazingly resourceful but he also worries about HSing. Basically though, when it comes to our kids' education, he defers to me (which is good and bad!) I guess we are just still so borderline with it. I would LOVE any advice, or ideas about curriculum (I would actually like to see a curriculum and figure out how we could make it work before making a decision). We are literally poor, we are trying to buy a house but live with my mother in law, she would be pretty upset if I quit to HS. I would love to buy a house, then possibly take in a child or two as like an in home daycare and then I would be able to make money and be home. I am sure I could still give my two big kids what they need while having a couple little kids runingn around (I would also like to have another little kid or two, so it could be good practice, right?)
Sorry for the novel, but what do you think? Advice, ideas? Am I crazy? Can I do it?