When the hubby came home last night, I informed him: "Yesterday, I was certain we were going to do private school next year. But, today, I decided that I think I want to homeschool."
His reply: "How much of this decision has to do with going to Disney World?"
"Um... Not, er... Not muuuch..."
And his response: "Well, none of this decision should be about Disney."
Now, to be honest, part, as in, like, 5% of my decision is based on travel. I love that the last two years we were able to go to Disney World during the slow season. We had low prices, low crowds, and got 'free' dining. Had we traveled when most do (summer, holiday breaks), we would not have been able to get as much as we did for as little as we did. It would have been miserable - long lines, big crowds, hot weather... No thanks! Sure, some places are best seasonally, (beach, seasonally opened resorts); but, some are best when no one else is there... And, it just so happens that WDW is one of those places. Also, if we were to send them to private school, unless the hubby got a giant promotion, regular travel would fall out of reach for us.
So, yes, it (travel, WDW) did have a place in my current decision (which, again, will likely change several times). Flexibility is one of the biggest pros for homeschooling. When the other kids are in school, we get our zoos, museums, parks, to ourselves. We can take vacations whenever we want. We can take advantage of huge discounts at touristy places during the week while school is in session (we recently went to the biggest waterpark in the US and stayed in a suite with our friends for a total of $80 for our family's two day admission tickets and hotel). I plan their doctor appointments for when other children are in school. I do my grocery shopping when others are at work or school. I love that part.
After talking to the hubby, I felt a little guilty about travel being such a priority. Then I thought about it some more. Some of my favorite childhood memories are when we traveled. It was time as a family with minimal outside distractions. I always learned something without realizing that I was learning.
These kids won't be little for long. I want them to have cherished memories of us as a family. I want them to remember the times they spent having wonderful experiences, not the hours they spent sitting in a classroom. I want them to see their learning come to life before their eyes. Bottom line: I won't feel guilty about allowing travel/flexibility to be a part of our decision process. It is a huge pro, and should we decide to homeschool next year, we'll take full advantage of this awesome benefit.