We started homeschooling when our oldest was five in 1998, and I was pretty serious about his kindergarten year too. Wow. Back then there was Seton, Laura Berquist's book Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum, and Catholic Heritage Curricula was Catholic Heritage Games. That was pretty much it for Catholic homeschool materials. My older mom friends were scrounging for old Catholic text books in thrift stores and passing around mimeographed copies of worksheets. They were having a grand time, their kids were learning, they were living the faith in a vibrant manner and I wanted in. I fell in love with homeschooling.
Now there is a plethora of Catholic homeschooling materials and curriculum providers. Loads of free resources and ideas on the internet, and many classroom opportunities in person and online. All good stuff. A homeschool mom could pretty much use any of what is available out there to teach and form her children well. The growth has been phenomenal. I've made the same mistakes many moms have made, switching around because each new product published looks so great and one gets distracted, but I'm still in love with homeschooling.
There are certainly hard days when I can barely pull the children through the day's lessons, there are days when we are sick or just need a day off to get outside or do some deep cleaning. There are days when I second guess my curriculum choices or even despair because it's so obvious that I messed up and this kid is never going to learn 3 digit multiplication because of my failure to teach it well. I never second guess the decision to homeschool, I love homeschooling.
As it turns out, the kids seem to be learning well enough in spite of my failures. The two that have taken SATs have scored above average. They all can discuss Shakespeare, Dante, history or science. I notice they steer clear of deep math discussions though. LOL My kids have that strong faith and close relationships with each other that I was looking for so long ago when we began homeschooling. I have a good 14 years of homeschooling my children to go and my intent is to help school my grandchildren if their parents wish it. I am looking forward to it, I love homeschooling!