Our first year of homeschooling if officially over, but it wasn’t so easy to get here. Over the years leading up to Khloe becoming school aged I waged an internal war with myself. I wanted to homeschool. I needed to homeschool. I couldn’t homeschool. I would be a homeschool failure. I constantly stressed myself out on every reason I wanted and needed to homeschool her, but why I never thought I would be able to. Hubby was already on board, he too agreed with every reason behind why I felt it was the right decision for us, but my anxiety of failing almost had me enrolling her. Our families disagreed with us, they said stuff like “she needs to go to school” and “you’re not qualified” which furthered my anxiety.
Before I knew it December 2012 was here and I needed to make a decision and fast. New entry enrollment for Boston goes by last name and her’s was the second week of January or else I would have to go into a different town to enroll her. I turned to one of the Massachusetts homeschool email groups I’m in and asked about homeschooling in Boston. I was scared. I had heard and read many horror stories from other towns turning down education plans, trying to force parents to come in for meetings, giving the families a hard time and knew I would have a panic attack if any of this happened to us. Luckily someone stepped forward and told me it was easy to homeschool here and they actually have an office that oversees it. She told me it was a simple two page form, much less than what an average homeschool parent submits and how to contact them.
I emailed the office to verify I had the correct information as it had been a few years since she was a Boston resident. I crossed my fingers and hit send. In less that 24 hours I received a reply and the proper person to email to have my forms mailed. I emailed over my information and was even happier to find she would prefer to email them to me. I was shocked at how simple it really was. Child’s information, who will be teaching, materials used and a break down of required weekly minutes. I eagerly filled it out, kept a copy for myself and had it signature mailed.
About two weeks after mailing in my forms I received a letter. I knew it, no way was it going to be this easy, this is a rejected letter. To my shock it was an accepted letter and thus our journey began.
Our year was pretty simple, a lot of child lead learning. Worksheets, activities, games, baking and tying in learning through out the day in stuff we always do. Khloe knew her alphabet and numbers, but wasn’t spelling much of anything or making an attempt to read at the beginning of the year, but now she is spelling quite a list of words and beginning to sound out words. While she is not where I had hoped for come the end of the school year, she has come a long way from our official start of the year.
I’m happy to report we submitted our end of year work samples and 1-2 page break down of the year on June 16th and have already received our forms for her and Keira for this fall. Now a whole new set of fears have begun. Can hubby and I homeschool two kids while I’m working full time and he will eventually be working full time? I guess only time will tell.