Step into my not-so way back machine….
The decision has been made. We are going to homeschool! The Penguin still had about two months of 3rd grade left. She was enrolled in a local Christian school. We sat her down, a little concerned about her reaction to homeschooling, and told her the plan.
She. Was. All. In. You see, The Penguin was having trouble navigating certain social situations. She came home crying frequently because of the “girl drama” in her class. She wanted desperately for everyone to get along. She wanted desperately to be friends with everyone. However, she often found herself dealing with anger and resentment from one group if she played with another. The Penguin is tender-hearted and sweet as a fully ripened peach…and this situation was taxing her spirit. When we presented her the option of homeschooling, she was overjoyed. She didn’t hesitate. She immediately said, “Yes, PLEASE!”
We were elated The Penguin was on-board!
It is easy enough to homeschool in our state. You file a Notice of Intent, keep a portfolio for review upon request, and submit an annual evaluation. It doesn’t get much easier than that, my friends!
With the legal part out of the way, I turned my attention to what ended up being the greatest challenge we faced that first year – selection of curriculum.
I know, I know. So many of you amazing homeschooling mamas out there are rolling your eyes at me right now! Trust me – if unschooling or child-led learning would work here, I’d be all over that like a fly on stink. Truly. I tell you, though, that absolutely would not work for The Penguin. Not even a little bit. The Penguin is a being of structure and schedules. Chaos in her routine causes anxiety and frustration. I knew we needed a solid plan. I knew we needed a structured day.
So began the research into the myriad of curriculum options there are out there. What a blessing to our homeschooling community! There is so much – SO MUCH! I spent hours upon hours upon hours researching, reading samples, reading reviews, etc. I took it subject by subject – and discovered that no boxed curriculum contained everything I wanted, so I pieced things together. Boy – did I make some mistakes – but that’s a post for another day!