Well, as a little update on how our homeschooling has gone the past few weeks (since I got such a warm response and interest in it), I thought I'd give a little insight into our short time "in the trenches" so far.
1. Mornings are SO. MUCH. BETTER. The difference is truly night and day...for which I am so thankful. Our home is more peaceful and harmonious because of the simple fact that she can sleep late and get started in her own way.
2. We get so much done in such a short amount of time. I know that statement is a "duh" in the homeschooling world, but I'm truly amazed at just how much fluff time is in public school. Specials such as P.E., music, and library can be accomplished in more valuable ways at home. I'm not necessarily against it, but it's just one of those "I can't believe it" kinds of thoughts.
3. There have been easy moments and there have been some really tough ones...as expected. I've had to dig down deep within my patience reservoir to muster up the strength to deal sometimes. But at the end of the day, things have always worked out fine (so far) and everyone is happy....(so far). :)
4. I hadn't really noticed this, but now that I think of it, we've hardly left the house since she's been homeschooled. Part of that is from me being sick, but besides a trip to the library and a few other little excursions, we've been mostly home bound, which is uncharacteristic of our family. Maybe it's a good thing.
5. I've really been able to specifically identify her strengths and weaknesses. Before, there were things I knew she did well, but in a homeschool setting, I see them so acutely that I'm able to address them right away...whether that be modifying the way she learns something or being more flexible on my end. Helpful changes that could only be realized for her at home.
I'm grateful I have this opportunity with my daughter and pray that it will continue to bless her and our family. I'll keep posting updates as to changes, challenges, etc.