Jeff and I made the decision to homeschool when our oldest, Emelie, was in Second Grade. Previous to that decision, we never considered homeschooling our kids; not once. We were fully involved in Emelie’s early elementary education by volunteering, attending school performances and teacher meetings, and of course, helping her with homework, supporting her teacher and the school.
As a child, Emelie was expressive, upbeat and talkative. So when we witnessed her turning inward, spending more time in her room away from family, having nightmares regularly, and wetting the bed long after she successfully potty-trained, our concern escalated to fear.
As you can imagine, we mentally reviewed EVERY SINGLE MOMENT she was away from us, as well as EVERY SINGLE PERSON whom she came into contact with trying to find a reason for this abrupt change in our daughter.