Mid 50's with a 6 & 10 year old??? I started in my mid 30's and look at my Avatar!!
A subject I know a bit about.
One of the first mistakes
people make that are new to home schooling is the need for an absolute structure. The beauty of homeschooling is tossing out the structure and teaching your children
to learn as they individually learn best. Remember, structured teaching to the masses is unavoidable because of shear the volume of students. Home schooling parents don't have that to contend with. Every child learns differently from the next. It is difficult, if not impossible, for the first 12 years a child is in a structured school system for the 30+ teachers they will have to find out each year and semester how best your child learns. Most teachers while well meaning, won't. Each new year, each new teacher your child will encounter has to start from a beginning to get to know your child and how they best learn, all the while doing the same for 30 other kids
as well at the same time within the allotted 6-7 hours. How much individual attention do you really think they get each day in that environment
? While you on the other hand can have the luxury no structured school teacher can offer, your undivided attention to your two students. Calvert is the first go to curriculum first timer home school parents usually gravitate to. A good system to be sure, but there are hundreds of curriculum's out there to draw from. There is also a lot of help out there for homeschooling parents from home schooling groups to the public school systems themselves. This is a subject close to my heart. I grew up in a family
who, except for me, were all school teachers. Teaching and teacher friends dominated our dining table every night while I lived at home. When I announced to my family
that my wife and I were going to home school our daughter you could have heard a pin drop, right before my mother dropped. Pops was too stunned to catch her. But as my daughter nears the end of her degrees at the University of Vienna, speaking three languages, learning
a fourth, and still struggling with statistics, the proof is in the pudding. The closeness, the deep bonds my wife and I have with our daughter were strengthened to a deeper depth
I don't believe can be achieved sending your kids off to a "Structured" school. They will have exposure to your belief system, the values you want them to have, and your ethics as well. Do not believe those who have never done this that you are somehow stunting their educational growth. There is far more to a life long education than how much future money
they may or may not make. The world is run by C students who hire honor roll students. They will make you proud.
There's a great documentary that can be found, at least on Netflix" called "The race
to nowhere" If you can watch it try, it's not about homeschooling, but it may help you feel more at ease with homeschooling. Good Luck, I'm totally in your corner.