Here we go! A new adventure for us is the decision to homeschool our kids this year. Please understand that we were anti-homeschooling for a a while, and even not too thrilled about private Christian schooling. My wife, Tammy, has been a public school educator and a product of the California system–going to school, college and post-graduate through public schools, state university and the UC system. Our desire is to bring out the best in our very bright and creative kids. So, over the years we have put them in public and most recently in private Christian school where my wife was a vice principal and teacher.
This brand of homeschooling we are embarking on is connected to a California charter school (Modoc Charter School) and offers us free books, money for the gym to take the kids their P.E. and supervision by a credentialed teacher. Even though my wife was able to pick the course of studies, all the courses and books we picked fall into the state system and requirements which means our kids can transfer to another school more easily. The school has full WASC accreditation It seems like the best of two worlds–home school attention and public school input.
My daughter can use her guitar lessons as part of her electives. We can also schedule our family time and ministry balance with more freedom. This part of the deal with my ministry and the family schedule has been the hardest for us. I work every Saturday and Sunday so my family’s time off does not correspond. Now, we can remedy that a bit. We hope.
Anyone else out there new to the homeschooling? And, if you are, do you go through a charter school?