Home School Questions

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I love homeschooling. It has been a wonderful surprise –  something that I never planned on doing. (I’ve learned some of life’s best things are the ones that weren’t “planned”.) It’s no secret that part of the reason we moved to Alaska was for the great public schools …. well, that didn’t exactly pan out – long story short, we ended up homeschooling.  I was nervous and felt overwhelmed when we first started home schooling, but it has been AWESOME.  It pays to try new things.  I have enjoyed all the extra time that I have to spend with my kids. I’ve seen my daughter blossom and grow into a confident, social, young lady. My son gets more time to play which improves his school work (and concentration) immensely. I don’t think young boys were meant to sit at a desk 8 hours a day.  We’ve been free to go “play” when dad is home and make up school another time. It’s been fun. It’s been great. But….

Even though it has been a VERY positive experience for all of us, I’m beginning to wonder if the time is coming to move on. I never wanted to home school all the way through the High School (actually, I never wanted to homeschool at all) but I’ve also learned to never say never. I’m very unsure what the future holds.

Fellow home schoolers, how long did you home school? Do you plan on going all the through the High School? When is the best time to switch? Would you consider homeschooling just one child, and putting the other in public school? I’m not ready to stop just yet. I know I have at least one year left in me…but after that I’m not sure.  The kids may be ready to spend more time with their peers and less time with me by that time.  Then again, why fix something that isn’t broken? If it’s going well, would switching back to public school just mess things up? I don’t know!! It seems I have more questions than I have answers.

So far, the advice from everyone I’ve spoken to has been, “Take it one year at a time”.  And that’s exactly what we’ve done – for the last three years.  I suppose I’ll know it if the time comes that I’m just “done”.  So far I haven’t felt that way, but I do feel the added stress on me.  It is an added full time job (of being a teacher) on top of everything else that I have to do.

I would love to hear from other home school mamas! Advice, stories, complaints…anything! Please chime in!

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.


  1. Summer Dean says:

    I don’t think high school is a good time to transition to public- that’s brutal on a teen, not knowing anyone or the social rules and norms of their public schooled peers. You will likely find they will compromise their values to fit in. That’s what happened in my family, to my sis when she started going back to school in 8th grade. And my brother in 7th grade. (They were homeschooled for 4 years).

  2. Idk. I guess I agree with everyone else, one year at a time. My husband always said we should put them back in for middle or high school… But I’m not sure that’s the best thing to do. Once your child excels in an environment filled with love & encouragement, it’s hard to put them in a place without that stuff. Will they experience that in the real world? Sure! But by then they’ll be adults.
    I never planned on homeschooling either, but it’s working out better with this lifestyle. My only goal besides teaching them school work. Is that they are confident enough in who they are, that when peer pressure comes their way they will remember the life lessons I taught them. That bully’s & the harshness of this world won’t falter their dreams & hearts. I want them to not be crushed before they ever begin. Bc so many of us public schooled kids, feel that way. I know I did! Granted good parenting always plays a role, but you get more of it when you’re homeschooled.
    I think most moms who didn’t plan on homeschooling, feel exactly as you do. & you can always put them in & pull them back out if things get bad…

    • My original thoughts were that around middle school they would go back, I figured by then they might WANT to spend more time with their peers….but as that time gets near I’m unsure.
      The one thing I struggle with the most is wondering if I’m good enough. If I’m capable of teaching EVERYTHING they need for a solid education, especially as they approach High School. I don’t want them to have a second rate education because they had me as a teacher.
      One year at time….:-)

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