Adopted by the King
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Why We Homeschool

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We’ve been doing the homeschool thing for two months now, and it has been…interesting. Also challenging, time consuming, wildly frustrating at times, and overwhelmingly beneficial for our family.

We did not enter into parenting intent on homeschooling. We considered it to be one of several options, depending on the particular needs of our kids and of the whole family. At this point in our lives, it is the best option because it provides Boy with the structure, attention, academics, and bonding opportunities that he needs.

Boy did not really attend kindergarten or first grade, which means he didn’t understand second grade. During the time that he attended public school while living with us, he struggled significantly with the academic work and was constantly in trouble at school, not to mention his emotional difficulties that prevented him (and us) from making it through the school day unscathed.

After a lengthy appeal process this summer, CPS granted a very rare exception that allows us to homeschool Boy before the adoption is finalized. Our motivation for this was two-fold: first, Boy needed significant academic intervention that a classroom teacher could not (and should not be expected to) provide.  Second, we missed the first eight years of his life—very formative years. We have a lot of bad parenting to override, a lot of training to provide, and a lot of bonding to do.

Why does homeschooling work for our family?

We are thankful for the freedom to teach our children at home, especially before they are truly “ours”!

Up next…a “frequently asked questions” post about homeschooling. So leave your questions!!

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