Yes you begin to homeschool in the middle of the year. All you have to do is test your child inshAllaah at what level they are, and go from there. We took our daughter out at the end of March, and I actually started her on the next grade, and mashAllaah she did really well. When her classmates were going to the 2nd grade, she was beginning 3rd grade, mashAllaah. There are no rules to homeschooling unless your state has requirements. I would definitely check with your state homeschooling laws to understand better what you can do and what you can’t do inshAllaah.
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This is a great question and I want to answer it by telling you the truth: SubhanAllaah (Glory be to Allaah), yes it does. However you have to remember when it burns you out, it is because you’re doing too many things. The only reason we get burned out, is because sometimes we have high expectations and goals and we feel that we must achieve them in this much time or else…Remember that your human, and that your 1 person. All you can do is try your best, when you feel the pressure coming take a half day or just take the day off, and let everyone relax. If you must take a few days off inshAllaah. Don’t worry we all need to rest, and regain our energy or else we will be horrible at what we do.
I take time off of home schooling when we travel for speaking events- this helps me get a break from the classroom setting, and also let’s the kids read more and feel like they are on a field trip. This is a great feeling of relief and relaxation. You might want to take the kids to the park all day while you read a book there. Maybe have a picnic somewhere and just enjoy the day. Do something and have fun, and remember that you’re always teaching, and they are always learning, that learning is not confined to a classroom.
Yes, you can. Homeschooling in the US can begin whenever you want it to. It does not matter if it is in the beginning of the school year or the middle, or the end of the school year. I started homeschooling my first child April of the school year. Just remember to check the State Laws to make sure that you’re on the right path in your state. We had just moved and I went and visited the private schools to see which one I wanted to enroll my children in, and I was not impressed in how they ran their system.
I think school systems try their best please do not think I am bashing them, it’s just I wanted more for my children. I had so many dreams and goals for them that the school could not provide for them. That is when I decided that if I wanted to raise my children with dreams and goals and to get more out of life than I must do it myself inshAllaah. I must say that when I started homechooling it was extremely tough the first few weeks, then as I started to learn more and continued to grow and do thing differently it started to feel right.
So for all the parents out there I want you to know, nothing great worth achieving is easy at first. We must work at it, and we must continue learning and growing ourselves. If you’re thinking about homeschooling, then I would say just do it. Try your best everyday and ask Allaah (God) to help you achieve this goal and dream, and say Bismillah (In the name of God) and just begin.