I tore into the box which contained a plastic sealed bundle of books nestled into wads of brown paper. Oh these books represent the end of a long journey in a decision making process that has lasted more than six years and the beginning of an entirely new process. The box contained our first homeschool class and curriculum.
Eric and I have been weighing the pros and cons of homeschooling since before Cordelia was conceived. When she was still a baby we would discuss the distant future and what our schooling choice would be for our family; it seemed as though we had so much time to make that decision. The years slipped by and no decision was made. Then quite suddenly we realized that it was time to make that hard choice.
I think we probably always knew, but it was difficult to be firm. We have friends in other communities who homeschool and have had great success. My parents have been very supportive and encouraging. We have also had people raise their eyebrows and bite their tongue as I read their minds (socialization, weirdo, extreme, etc.). I am sure that Eric and I have considered each and every concern that has been spoken or unspoken. Ultimately we had to ask ourselves what we thought was best for our family and we chose homeschooling.
Cordelia and I have been working on our own version of homeschool about three days a week over the summer, just as sort of a trial run. She has proven to be an eager learner, always wanting more. She loves the one-on-one attention and I have no doubt that we will really do well with the curriculum. While I will be the primary homeschool teacher, as my work schedule is very flexible, Eric also wants to contribute. He will work on a couple of subjects with Cordelia, specifically music and astronomy (shared loves).
We bought a basic curriculum and are supplementing it with French, our own art instruction, lessons (there are several options for homeschoolers), and any other special interests that arise. I am currently working to organize and develop a schedule that suits our needs. I am sure that there will be many tweaks as we move forward, but we are all very excited to start this journey together.