Well, it is official. We survived our first week of homeschooling.
Lots of friends have been curious about it... I've been fielding a lot of questions all week. So, basically here's what I've learned this week:
We made the right choice.
It was a HUGE and SCARY step to actually pull Rea from school. It all happened so fast that I hardly had time to let it sink in. I'm grateful for that too, because I might have hesitated if I had waited longer.
This was definitely the right decision. As I said in my announcement post, Rea looked as if we lifted a weight off of her. She has been the sweetest, kindest, most helpful child since.
We have the best friends and family.
I was actually most nervous to tell my sisters. I am not sure why... I was so stressed about it all, I don't think I could have handled any negativity from them. They (like all the other family we told) were supportive. One sister told me she wasn't surprised because Rea has confided in her and her spouse about the mean kids. One of my sisters deals with eligibility and admissions for a major university... she said homeschool (and virtual school) is something she sees often.
My friends have been wonderful. I have cried, complained, lamented and worried with them - not just to them, but with them. Because my pain is their pain. They love my daughter. And this is personal for them too.
My husband is awesome.
He really stepped up to the plate here. I have aired a lot of our dirty laundry all over this site, and you know my marriage has not always been the best. But he put his needs/wants/desires aside to make the call his daughter needed. Taking Rea out of school and having her home means she is now my full-time job. Her education is my career. And that puts a lot of financial pressure on him.
There are a TON of homeschool curriculums and options.
I have been overwhelmed by the amount of information available. I was surprised (and relieved) to find so many curriculums available.
The sheer number of options was a bit overwhelming at first. And honestly, it still is sometimes.
If you are thinking about it, here are a few of the places I have found helpful:
Below are links to the workbooks I picked up...
Rea needed to go back and really nail her multiplication tables. So, she is working on them again... over and over until they are as easy as breathing.
I'm not sure how often we will use these books. While she's focusing on the times tables, she is using the Multiplication one daily. We used the Language Arts one for a quick and easy grammar lesson. And I haven't even cracked open the Word Problems book yet.
I downloaded and printed out a science unit on animals from Confessions of a Homeschooler. I'll share more about that when we get into it.
Thanks for the love! More next time... This ended up being long. =)
Rea is 9 and Buddy is 7. Everyday is an adventure with these two! I love them so much.