“Count the cost” by researching before you begin. There are many resources you can read to get an idea of the amount of time, energy, and commitment home education requires. One thing is sure: if you choose to home school, your family will be making many new choices. You will want to make the most of your choices together with your spouse. These are some of the areas you should be aware of.
Fathers must be willing to respond to the extra demands of their time. Mothers must be willing to readjust their lifestyles and attitudes. Both parents and children must be willing to persevere through the change in family routines and relationships.
Concerned, well-meaning family and friends will have varying ideas and attitudes about your decision to educate your children at home.
Time and Energy
To add four or more hours of teaching to your schedule will be an adjustment. It will be easier if you organize your home; divide the chores; delegate; and plan your meals, days and activities.
How much will it cost? The financial investment of home education varies widely with each family. Usually you spend what you have, and creativity supplies the rest. Libraries and used book fairs (along with making your own charts and the like) can help to keep costs down.