I began homeschooling my daughters on July 10, 2011. They were nine and eleven years of age, respectively. I had long thought that homeschooling would be preferable to any organized school system with which I was familiar, but until this year I did not believe that I had the energy to work full-time and teach my kids, too. My wife did not speak English as her native language, and did not have the inclination towards teaching, so I knew that nearly all of the burden of teaching them would fall on me if we should homeschool. For this reason, and in order to give them a greater opportunity of making friends, I let them go to the public school system for several years.
For various reasons, the girls and I thought that they had had enough of the school system, and that they would be better served by being educated at home. I was at a point where I felt I had the energy to work both full-time and to teach the kids, so we began a new chapter in their education.