Last night Katie decided that she hates middle school (Who doesn't?!), and I should home school her. Erin thinks this is brilliant, and she would also like to give home school a whirl. Evan ignored his sisters and their insane ideas. This morning Kate realized that public school is where she is learning to play french horn, and the horn she is using belongs to said public school. This is the only potential issue she can come up with to possibly detract from the homeschool idea. So I am going to research, and pray about this because I do not want to blow either daughter off.
We considered homeschooling, but really, there is a need for the kids to be in the public school setting to shine in the darkness that separation of church and state has become. Our home is pretty well-lit, but there are some very dim spots in the local elementary and middle schools. I also know that they are developing a worldview that can handle the garbage found in the wider world without robbing them of their Christian faith because we are able to teach them and guide them through the difficult and scary situations and scenarios that crop up rather than eventually having them suddenly shocked by the big, harsh world.
That decision was also made without consulting the kids who were much younger at the time. I have no real concern about "socialization" because we have a wide circle of friends, and there are several active homeschool groups in our area, too. "School" could be accomplished in fewer hours than are currently allotted, and there would be more time for family, socializing, exercising, and Bible study than the children have now. Several families we know are homeschooling, and their kids are well-adjusted, bright, interesting people. So, we will again address the homeschool option because the original decision was made without the children's input, and now the children are old enough to have their ideas given some consideration. It will be interesting to see what the arguments for and against look like whether we go forward with public school or give homeschool a shot.