When it comes to education, I've done a little bit of it all. I was homeschooled, went to public school, tried online public school, graduated from a tiny private school, and attended a large, public university. My family didn't travel all over the country or live an abnormally counter-cultural lifestyle, but my parents knew that going off the beaten path when it comes to a child's education isn't always a bad thing. As uncommon as homeschooling is, the signs you can handle homeschooling aren't always as simple as parents would like. Making the decision to homeschool wasn't an easy one for my parents, and now that I have my own toddlers, I'll soon be faced with the same choices.
For most families, the question of how and where to send their kids to school is simple. You send your kid to preschool at 3 or 4 years old, then they start kindergarten, and don't stop until they're in 12th grade and ready to take on the "real world." Public school is so ingrained into culture that most don't even consider an alternative. Homeschooling, however, brings with it a unique set of benefits that kids who are sent to large, public schools will simply never experience. Your child's education is no small thing and if you're considering homeschooling them, knowing that you're ready (well, as ready as you can be), can help you feel confident that it's the best decision for your family.