We decided a few weeks ago to homeschool our daughter for at least Kindergarten, and then go with whatever works after that. We've decided to be flexible so that things change according to how she learns and what we feel needs to happen.
However, I had a day filled with anxiety the other day when confronted with planning what we are going to do.
My husband works at the High School, and he was talking to one of the administrators that told him that by the age six, your child has to be enrolled in a program, not just signed in with the school district. I lost it.
I had to research all the different programs here, worried that we were going to pick the wrong one, trying to figure out how we would incorporate the unschooling atmosphere with an official program, and trying not to lose my mind with worry about if we were doing the right thing.
After a few hours of this, one of my friends let me know this was wrong and all she had to have was registration with the school district. Utah doesn't require any particular curriculum, so no programs are necessary, which helps a little bit.
Except that I'm back where I started. Do I want to continue with unschooling, or should I register for an online program to monitor how well she is doing? If I don't go with a program, will I fail at this? If I do go with a program, will I fail at this?
I thought for sure that when we decided to homeschool that the rest would be easy. This has definitely been a lesson in how parenting never ends, and the decisions are always there.
I question a lot of what I do as a parent, and when I don't feel something is working I change it accordingly. This has shown me that I truly have no idea what I'm going to need to do, and either I need to prepare or just let things go. The next few weeks will be telling to my personality and how we want to go forward.
Do any of you use a particular program for homeschooling, or do you go with the flow? How does this work for your family? Do you ever worry it isn't enough or it's too much?