Every year when we get to November and December we start to evaluate our homeschool journey. What worked? What didn’t? It’s also a great time to decide whether or not we will continue to homeschool. In our home, the decision has always been up to the children. I always ask, should I apply my homeschooler for school?
I understand that this is a sensitive subject for some so I will try to be delicate while helping you find the answers you need.
Should you press on?
It can be easy to look at a hard school year and debate whether or not you should keep moving forward. It can be hard to look at your school situation and picture it changing. I know I cried a lot when I made the decision to move my daughter to a local charter school. All of my fears and insecurities came at me
I was trying to decide if I was keeping her here because it was best for her or best for me. In the end, I found that she would be better off in the school she was going to than with me at home.
Ask yourself these questions:
Why am I homeschooling? Is your decision to keep homeschooling for you or for your child? Knowing your motives can make a world of difference.
Will the school teach better than I can? – As homeschool moms, we can be fiercely protective of our ability to homeschool. However, sometimes our life stages change and our abilities to homeschool best do as well. In those times we have to ask if they are better off in a quality charter or private school.
Is this what my child wants? – Homeschooling can be a blessing or a stress. If your children genuinely don’t want to be home, you could be spending all of your homeschool time fighting with them. You have to decide whether or not you are willing to let them go to a school if it is what they want.
Does applying mean you have to go?
Here’s the best part of it! Just because you apply, doesn’t mean you have to go thru with it. You can apply, get approved, and decide to stay a homeschool family. However, if you don’t apply and change your schooling choice at the end of the school year, you may find that you have only the local public school as an option.
I highly recommend applying if you think there is a possibility you will change your educational decisions. It is also important to research when schools in your area begin their application process. I was surprised to find that many schools start in December!
What if all of your children don’t make it?
This is the situation we faced this year. One of my children made it into school while the other did not. You have to decide if you want your children to be in a separate educational setting for a season to give each child the best option for them.
It is completely possible to homeschool and have children in school.
So what do I think?
This is an extremely personal choice and one only you can make because you know all of the facets of your situation. If there is any inkling in you that thinks there might be