Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom
I remember soon after my daughter, Trishna, joined our family from India. I took her to the eye doctor, and he asked where she would be attending school.
“We’re going to homeschool,” I answered a bit nervously.
“Well, you’re not going to homeschool her forever, so where do you think she’ll go later on?” he replied.
Inside I thought, “Why wouldn’t we homeschool “forever?”
It’s been almost five years since that day, and I’ve learned and changed and grown throughout our homeschooling experience. I’ve also read a variety of opinions, in both blogs and books, about how to decide how long to homeschool.
Some suggest you take it year-by-year, analyzing what is right for each child and for the family as a whole. They express that this is less overwhelming, and that there’s no point making an all-or-nothing decision when you don’t really know what the future holds.
But others suggest that if you make a long-term commitment to homeschooling, it actually lessens the stress of having to go through the decision-making process each and every year. It allows you to weather the storms of life without constantly questioning your schooling choice.
I initially found the year-by-year idea freeing and helpful, especially when I had just started homeschooling. Five years later, however, I lean more toward seeing our choice to homeschool as a lifestyle that we’ve committed to. Knowing this is what I believe I’m meant to be doing helps me get through both the good and the difficult seasons of our life. (You should know, though, that I reserve to change my mind at any time!)
What about you? Do you decide about homeschooling each year as you go along? Or have you decided you will stick with it for the long-haul? How did you go about making your decision, and what led you to the choice you’ve made?