We are so blessed to have family and friends who care about us, inspire us to be better parents, support us, question us, and forever look out for our kids' best interest. Thank you for chiming in here, and on facebook, email and text. Thank you for making us think and helping to fuel our discussions. Hem. Haw. Pray. Talk. Hem. Haw. Pray pray pray pray. "Please God, do not let us screw up our sweet chickens!!" :)
We're homeschooling. This year. Rugger said "can I still keep my new lunch box?" and that was about it. Ryleigh chewed on it for a day, and then asked if she could do e-mail during home school. I said "great idea" and got her set up right away. She had a full-on email conversation with my mom today that I was completely unaware of. When I read through it later, I laughed so hard I cried. My girl is brilliant and hilarious, and can now change the font and color of her text, and include emoticons in her messages. And she was so relieved when I showed her how to make capital letters, because how embarrassing is that to send off e-mails with all lower case letters!? Seriously, mom. She also asked for a cell phone which I didn't even respond to :)
I am no longer worried about getting my kids enough socializing. They are very social people. And, they've always been. And, they've never been in a huge daycare or involved in lots of activities. They've been at home. With me. Social is just how we do life. Ditching school will only give us more freedom to spend our evenings and weekends doing t-ball, swimming, dance, art, gymnastics, BMX, whatever we want to do. I've been hesitant to start down that road of constantly revolving practices and games and recitals. But with our schedule suddenly a little less tied up...
It might not be a perfect fit. I don't think there is a perfect fit. There's going to be a "con" in every school situation out there. Public school: too crowded, bad influences, hit or miss on a good teacher. Private school: too expensive, too bubble-ish, hit or miss on a good teacher. Home school: too bubble-ish, questionable teacher ;)
And, it's not necessarily forever, and nothing's written in stone. If the kids hate it, or I hate it, or we feel like it just isn't a good enough fit, good ol' LPS is still there waiting for us. I am a graduate of LPS and I think I turned out just fine :) Actually, I think LPS has a great record of happy parents and successful students overall! Our kids would go to a great school with wonderful teachers. I'm not mad at LPS in any way. I just wonder if we can do better. I happen to be in the position to try it since I'm already home, and I have the desire. So, why not give it a shot? All I know is, this is what we're going to do for now, and we'll just see where it goes.
Tell me doing your school work in this wouldn't get your creative juices flowing!
We will not allow our children to live in a bubble. In fact, we'll probably run (screaming) in the opposite direction of anything that even remotely resembles a bubble.
Maybe we'll even start watching TV! Hmmm...or, not.
Maybe we'll just keep going out and interacting with real live people. Certainly they still exist outside of the school building! :) Ha! I hope you take that as lightheartedly as I intended it to be. I love TV, and I don't think school is evil. I enjoyed my years in school (although I don't remember many details). I am newly obsessed with The Office. I never even thought it was funny until about a month ago. Now, I actually block out 10-11pm every night to watch the reruns. We just don't make much time in the day for TV. Maybe during naps. But, now we'll be doing school then :)
And, I know it's going to be a lot of work. I have been obsessing over curriculum and losing sleep and I know I'll look back on this one day and laugh...but, right now it's so daunting. You can buy curriculum at Wal-Mart! Really? Yes! How do I know what's going to work for us? Do I have time for trial and error right now? Maybe it's not really that big of a deal. I'm kind of just waiting for something to jump out at me, but a little afraid that nothing will. Pray pray pray pray pray.
Homeschooling will not define us. Just like diabetes doesn't define Ryleigh. And epilepsy doesn't define Rugger. And thumb-sucking doesn't define Reise. (Unless she hasn't given it up by the time she gets married and moves out.) And on and on and on..
It's just another small slice of our great big life.
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