My younger son was homeschooled until partway into his second-grade year. He needed some extra support from the special education experts that I couldn't provide myself. He started by going part-time, ending up full-time by the end of second grade. He is in third grade now and currently in a position where he doesn't need the extra support anymore. I'm going to have him finish the year, as we are almost there, and then bring him back home for school.
So, starting in June, we will all be back together as a family school. I have really missed having my younger son at home, and I believe his brother has too. If you don't homeschool, you may not understand how empty the house, and my heart, feel when we are not together as a family. It's as if something is broken. When you teach your children at home, you build a deep relationship with them, as they do with each other as well. Your home feels alive, warm, harmonious. This explains why God desires that we teach our kids. He understands the manifold blessings we will experience, and He wants us to be blessed.
I was a bit nervous about how the school might respond. My first conversation with his IEP advisor was met with the response, "You are free to do that, but you understand that is not our recommendation." I didn't take it as a negative comment because she does care very much for my son. But, it does make me a bit nervous when the "official people" don't agree with what I feel is best for our family.
So, when I ran into the superintendent yesterday, I let her know of my decision and why. I wanted her to understand that I'm not stomping off (as we are having a veritable rash of stomping parents right now). We are leaving the district because we all love learning at home. School at home is richly rewarding, challenging, and so very interesting. I can offer my boys so many more opportunities and attention than what they can get in a grade-by-age classroom -- public or private.
She sent me an email response which greatly encourages me, "As a parent you know what is best for your kids and I would always honor that. Of course, they always have a home back here. I hope you stay involved in our school process as you are a value add!" And there you go, all is well that ends well.
Now, to the FUN task of developing my curriculum for next year! I'm serious, I love this stuff. It's like all the holidays wrapped up in one big stack of catalogs.