We started homeschooling this summer, but only a few days a week. I wanted to ease into it, both for my sake, and my son's. I wanted him to still have plenty of time to play with his friends over the summer as well. He's pretty lucky that most of his best friends live close enough that they can ride bikes to each other's houses. The one that does live in the next town over has a pretty cool mom, who is willing to bring him over here, or pick him up from here, or even both if she needs to. So he really got to see all of his closest friends quite a bit over the summer. I'm really hoping that continues, even with them starting school this week. I think since we are going to be making the effort, it shouldn't be a problem. The parents are all on board with planning play times and sleep overs through out the school year, so Elliott is pretty excited about that.
This week Elliott's friends go back to school, so we start going full time, too. We plan on following the school calendar pretty closely, other than while we are on vacation in November. He also gets a 4 day weekend for Labor Day instead of just the 3 day weekend his friends get. That Friday is my birthday, though, and also the one year anniversary of the day my Dad died, so I'm fairly certain that I wouldn't be able to teach very well that day anyway.
We are both pretty excited about homeschooling. Elliott has learned a lot of stuff, and really enjoys most things we do each day. To me, the biggest issue is getting everything out and putting it all away again. We don't have a designated spot to work on it right now, because my husband is working on the flooring in our bedroom. That means we are sleeping in what was supposed to be the classroom since we can't have any furniture in our bedroom. After our bedroom is finished, we are going to move Elliott into the old classroom and work on the flooring in his room. We might just leave him in the old classroom, though, and turn his current bedroom into the classroom. We haven't decided for sure yet. Either way, I'm hoping that at some point in September I have a better place to work. :) Right now, my living room couch looks something like this during the school day.
Even though we have a chaotic mess in our living room every day, and some days it drives me crazy, we are really happy with our homeschooling adventure so far! I feel more at peace with this decision than I ever did about him being in public school. And it's just amazing to me when he learns something new that is supposed to be well beyond his years. Don't get me wrong, we have our moments (and sometimes entire days!) when one of us is unhappy with homeschooling. We've had tears, frustrations, and over all bad attitudes more than I care to admit. But more often than not, at the end of the day, we can both say we learned something, and homeschool is the right choice for us.