We homeschooled our two children beginning when they were 11 and 15. It was a rewarding time for us. Both our children were adopted (at five and nine) and both spent their first two years with us in special ed classes in public school.
Things became unacceptable when my daughter’s excellent teacher took a sabbatical in the second semester of the second year. The substitute was not good for our daughter.
We put them in private school when the principal said there was nothing she could do about the boys’ sexual harassment of my fifth grade daughter on the playground. She had suffered sexual abuse from her birth father as a young child, so there was no way we were going to accept this.
Two years later my husband was injured while on contract in another state and we needed to move in with him to help him so he could continue working. We had to suddenly start homeschooling since it was late in the school year. I’d been teaching a class in the children’s school and we had the texts so we could continue their work at home.
I had always wanted to teach the children at home. Many of our friends were doing it. The accident and my principal helped convince my husband we could do it. I only wish he’d let me start sooner. Perhaps we could have changed the way our lives turned out.
More time bonding at home when the children first came might have saved our daughter. Instead many unnecessary hours were spent in classes and doing homework. As you learned, individual instruction is quicker since all the time is utilized well. That allows more time for children to pursue their own interests and spend time with family and friends chosen from a wider circle than their peers at school.