class is in session

Back in January I wrote post about my new venture in homeschooling. I was nervous, excited and anxious to see what it was all about. I started a color-coded calendar and had all the days “figured” out. That lasted, oh, about two weeks. I quickly learned that we had to take it day by day. My son had gone to a public school his whole life. I was very happy with the school, the teacher, the sense of community and the strong parent/teacher body. But – that quickly ended at 5th grade graduation. In the fall, we entered (drum roll) middle school – a huge place where all three elementary schools joined forces under one roof. Again, I was very happy with the district and felt my son was in excellent hands. However, the classroom size proved to be too overwhelming for my son. Some kids just do better in smaller settings. I know. I was one of them. But that’s just one factor that led to my decision to homeschool – way too many to list here. I work from home and decided I could give my son the one on one time he needed. Homeschooling is not for everyone, and if you work from home, it certainly means lots of long nights playing catch up. But, it’s so worth it to me. Recently, I helped launch our LATISM LA party in conjunction with the White House summit. It was an extraordinary evening and we were so excited to meet leaders in Education, who are working hard to create change. At the summit, my son got to ask Ken Salazar about the future of classrooms. Have a look! I’m so proud of this little dude right here.

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  1. I’ve always thought about homeschooling but have never felt confident that I could do it…..I love reading some of the comments here of women who have homeschooled. Still not sure I could personally do it but would love to one day explore it

  2. I just started homeschooling my daughter in September to help her get into a charter school that I love. It has been hard, but rewarding. We have grown so close, and I am very grateful for the time I have been blessed to have with her.

  3. We homeschool and I am so grateful that we are able to do this. It is definitely right for our family. I am so happy to hear about other homeschooling families and how it is working for other families, as well.

  4. As a homeschooling father, I am so excited for you. And I commend you for going against the grain. I’m sure when the topic is brought up in your circle of friends/family, some may have an opposing viewpoint.

    BUT, you know what’s best for your son.

    I also commend your husband, who’s “the little dude’s” step dad. :) For him to support you in this is so awesome!

    Homeschooling may not be for every parent, but it’s certainly for every child.


    1. Thank you! At first I did get a few raised eyebrows but for the most part I’ve been in supportive surroundings. Very fortunate that both step dad and dad applaud the venture as well as the grandparents.

  5. Our 3rd son is in Kindergarten this year and is the first I’ve had a chance to get involved with at school and I really don’t like what I see – overcrowded classes, teachers that are good but aren’t as passionate as when I was in elementary school and horrible, horrible parents. The good parents are rare and I appreciate the ones that actually care about their children and future like we do ours. We’re debating homeschooling in the Fall and I’m nervous but reading blog entries like this assures me that we are on the road to making the right decision. Thanks for sharing!

  6. My oldest is in 4th grade so middle school looms large. She’s already struggling in a math class with 39 kids! We decided to supplement and get her a math tutor. I may be on the home schooling wagon at some point, but I’m worried I’ll stress my kids out. We shall see. Best of luck to you!

  7. Homeschooling looks like a great idea to me, but I´m sure it is not for everyone. I don´t have any experience in this issue, but I can see the enthusiasm and happiness of people who has chosen this for their kids. Quite a challenge! Good for you, and good for him, too.

  8. So great that you are homeschooling. I’m sure it’s difficult since you work from home but kudos to you for wanting to give your child a great education. Sometimes we can teach our kids better that trained educators, especially when class sizes continue to grow.

  9. WOW!!! Homeschool is for YOU guys!! He is learning so much already, I know it! What a wonderful opportunity! So very, very happy for you both! (Can I use any more exclamation points?!?!?! I guess so!!!)

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