That is the simple answer. If you are interested in knowing more, here is the longer answer!
There are so many reasons why families choose to homeschool. Some choose it because they have a strong conviction that God has called families to teach their children at home. Others choose it because safety concerns. Some feel it is the best option when private schools are too expensive.
Our journey began with my clear understanding that I would never homeschool. You read that correctly. I was not ever against it, but I simply felt it wasn’t for us or our family. I attended public schools growing up and had an incredible education coupled with caring, Christian teachers. My husband attended public school until 8th grade when he went to a private Christian school. He was homeschooled one year during high school because of finances, then was able to return and graduate.
We did agree before our girls were even born not to do preschool. We both felt those early years would be a vital time for our girls and we didn’t want to miss anything! So when my oldest daughter started recognizing her letters by age two, I realized it might be a good idea to do some preschool.
I started searching about what is taught in preschool and was so very overwhelmed! Then one day when browsing a catalog I saw a preschool curriculum that I could get excited about! This was my first introduction to Heart of Dakota. She loved it and thrived! By the time she was 4 she was begging to read so I once again headed out to research. We choose a reading program as well as some other k-4 level work.
We continued down the traditional school path when circumstances caused us to choose to bring her home for 1st grade and begin homeschooling. It was a decision made with much prayer and planning. We weren’t sure what to expect, but I knew I would return to Heart of Dakota for our curriculum. Things went quite well for the first couple of months when I suddenly realized something…