When we first decided to homeschool, our oldest was just finishing up 2nd grade. He was in a cute, country school and had a great teacher. We were enjoying the experience, for the most part. Kyler was making good friends and doing well in class, KK was a the local pre-school and Maya was a baby. It was soooo nice to have Ky & KK gone in the mornings and leave just Maya and me to a nice, quiet morning. My house always got cleaned. Every day. I was pretty patient and consistent with the kids and our family rhythm was still very strong. The problems started occurring because we would take Ky out of school so often. Boating, extended camping trips, spontaneous hiking or climbing trips on a surprisingly hot day. Not to mention winter months in Mexico. It got to be . . . awkward to go in an sign him out for yet another day. Then they closed his school. That solidified it for us. It felt so natural right from the beginning. It was a great fit and Ky was a great student. Kaleb was just starting Kindergarten and Maya was a nursing baby that first year. I decided to sign up with another school district at an 80% enrollment. I still had to meet the homeschool requirements for our state. But the 80% in this virtual public school gave me an entire curriculum, K12.com. So, I had this amazing, well organized, very boxed and very expensive curriculum for my 3rd and Kinder graders. We really liked it, for the most part. It was kind of stressful to actually get all of the lessons done each week, but the lessons were super interesting and the kids liked them. The phonics course was great and really taught KK how to sound out words. That first year really taught me a lot. I learned how much we COULD get done in a week, I learned a lot about structuring a homeschool day and I really got acclimated to homeschooling in a ‘school at home’ way. Although we don’t live that way anymore, I do value what we learned to do, and what not to do, in a way that helped to boost my confidence and allow our own families natural rhythms and interests and values to help construct our ever-changing curriculum choices!