I started homeschooling Michelle at the beginning of 6th grade for a number of reasons, one being that the school system is not so bad here until the kids all get piled into middle school together and then it basically fails. Her father was quite opposed to her homeschooling but since her father had moved away at that point and stopped all support of his children, I saw no reason to let this deter us. There were a lot more reasons to homeschool. He, however, has continued to badger her through the years which has not exactly endeared him to her.
Homeschooling here in Georgia is quite easy. You sign a paper at the beginning of the year that says you are going to homeschool and then you send in an attendance sheet every month. What you do and what you study is your own business and the state is not allowed to interfere.
Michelle's homeschooling started out very well planned. We had certain subjects we knew we needed to cover. I got books from wherever I could and we did well. Michelle was easy to homeschool and through the years basically did a lot of it herself without prompting from me. Later on we were a lot less planned. I gave her the books she asked for and she did the work.
Because she is homeschooled, she, of course doesn't get a diploma the only way to show she has a high school education is to take the GED test (General Education Developement). I felt she probably needed more studying before the test and we happen to have a GED class right where I work 2 days a week. So for 2 months Michelle has been taking the GED classes. She was tested first and passed everything except the math so that is what she has mostly been focusing on. She has studied hard and yesterday she took the test at the local college. The test cost $95 and ran from 7:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. She was done by 12:30 p.m and calling me to come get her. We don't get the results until next Tuesday but she says she didn't have any trouble with any of it except some problems with the math computation which was her weak subject anyway. I have no fear that she passed but will be glad to see the results (and yes, we'll call her dad first!).
She does have plans to go on to school a that same college this fall.
I have to admit it is a relief to me too because deciding to homeschool is a big step. You tend to fear the whole time that you might not do it well enough for your child to have a decent future (especially if you keep hearing that) but that just isn't the case. I don't regret homeschooling her at all and want to say that if you believe homeschooling is best for you and your child you should definitely go ahead and give it a try.