We have actually done both ways for our children in the past – homeschool and private/church school. We live quite a ways from our church school with no one near enough to carpool and so I taught kindergarten and first grade to Derek and Terrel, our two oldest. Once they reached second grade, we sent them to our private church school.
We chose to do it this way because of the long travelling distance for only one or two children. But truthfully, my heart wasn’t ready to let them try their wings yet! I wanted to keep them at home a little bit longer. Plus, I love teaching.
However, when Megan, our third child, was ready for first grade, we already had two going to school so we decided to send her as well. Now with our fourth entering kindergarten this year, we are going to send him to school from the very first. I have found it is harder to have a “foot in both worlds” than to do one completely well.
Our children absolutely love going to our private church school! We use the Christian Light Education curriculum and while it may be challenging, it is one that also supports many of our beliefs. I also like Abeka, which is what I used for kindergarten and first grade while homeschooling. It’s more colorful and fun especially for the younger grades.
You will notice this question was not asked as to which way is better. Let’s be kind to those who choose to do it differently than us. Sometimes people’s circumstances force them into making hard decisions the rest of us don’t have to make.
If you have good ideas for curriculum, please share them. Links are also great!
Linking to Growing Home and Raising Might Arrows.