I turned in all the paperwork to the superintendent of Elliott's school last week. Some days Elliott is really excited about homeschooling and other days he says he wants to continue to go to public school. My husband and I have been praying and talking about it for months now, though, and we really feel like it's what is best for our family. We want Elliott to be happy with his schooling where ever he goes, but ultimately as his parents, the decision is ours.
I'm pretty nervous about doing it myself. I guess it's because it's something new and exciting. I know Elliott is going to miss out on some fun stuff, but there are so many more fun things that we can do that we couldn't do while he was in public school. We have some really fun lessons and field trips planned. I know that we could always still do fun stuff during the summer, like we already do, but there's something to be said for traveling during the school year when crowds are smaller and prices are cheaper. :)
I just finished ordering the last of our homeschool stuff, I think. We will probably end up adding some more supplements if we need them to fill the time, but all the basics are covered now. We've run a couple of trial days to figure out about how long we will be working on each subject. It looks like in order to hit the mandatory hours each day, we will end up supplementing a fair amount. We are planning on doing a lot of that as unit studies, though, and hitting a lot of different subjects in the course of the study. We are starting with an outer space unit study, and it will obviously cover a lot of science and reading, but it will include math, art and social studies as well, to a smaller degree.
Elliott's last day of public school (for a while anyway, he might end up going back down the road) is next Thursday. I can't wait to begin the next chapter! I think we will do a little in June, but start actually keeping track and officially schooling in July.