I am nervous as all get out. I applied online to open our homeschool. I'm going tomorrow to fax my diploma. Then I wait for the confirmation email. After that I'm going to be even more nervous walking in to pull my son and completely terrified of teaching him at home. I'm afraid he won't listen and that he will put up a fight. That I will fail him and he won't learn enough. We can't afford an expensive boxed curriculum or even pieces from well known companies right now so we are doing the free stuff. Anyway, I am terrified. I hope I don't mess this up. But I can't keep sending him back either. He doesn't deserve to be treated the way that he has been.
How many mistakes did you make with him when he was first born? How many mistakes did you make with him when he was 2, or 3 ? He survived it, you survived it, this is the same thing. I think of homeschooling as just one more element of parenting, because all you're doing is what parents had been doing for thousands and thousands of years, but we forgot how to 100 yrs ago when laws began to be put into place. If you can parent, you can homeschool. Never be intimidated to parent your own child. You can do this. You know what he needs.
Good luck! He'll have so much fun learning from you, and the best part is you can tailor it to meet his interests and needs. There are tons of wonderful free resources and websites. The library is an excellent resource for reading, history, and science. Most of our 'purchased' curriculum was also used from Amazon and the secondhand bookstore.
The ladies in this group are wonderful, and chock full of great resources. We're all here to help each other. :)
Here are some websites with free online games/learning:
I felt this way TWO weeks ago! Things are going way better for my daughter now that she is out of the ps environement. I truly feel like I have made the best decision and I'm glad I took the plunge. Chances are you will too. :)