As happens whenever I take a nearly yearlong break from blogging, a lot has happened. Right now, the main change that we are experiencing is that we are now homeschooling Asa (6) and Kael (8).
When I talked with friends and family about our decision, I said something to the effect that it was the longest quick decision we’ve ever made. Before Kael started school, it was something that I considered very seriously. At the time, Jason and I ended up deciding it wasn’t the best decision for our family. Kael had a great kindergarten year with a teacher he enjoyed very much. The next year, Asa was supposed to start kindergarten. Because of his summer birthday, he was going to be one of the youngest kids in his class. I had questions about his readiness. I thought very seriously about homeschooling Asa. In the end, we decided not to do it. He had a great kindergarten year. Kael had a good first grade year.
Over the summer, I loved having them home, and I think that they loved being home. I watched them grow both physically and emotionally. I watched them develop their relationships with each other. When it was time for them to go back to school, they weren’t ready. I was sad. Jonas was *so* sad. He cried for Asa and Kael every day after they left and before they came home. As the days passed, he seemed to miss them more and more. As the days passed, it also became more and more evident that there were certain things that weren’t working for the boys at school.
A friend of mine asked if I was going to blog about our reasons for choosing homeschooling. I thought about it for awhile. In the end, I think that I’m going to let this be it. We had many good experiences with the boys’ teachers and the school. We also had some that left us very concerned. By November, Asa was telling me that he didn’t talk at school and that he knew the teachers liked it when he didn’t say a word all day. Kael was telling me that he knew he wasn’t smart enough for second grade and that he knew he wasn’t a very good reader or writer.
At one point, I started thinking “if only we could homeschool.” Then, I realized that we could. We could homeschool. I started talking with friends who had been homeschooling their children. I started reading blogs. I started researching curriculum. The more I read, the more excited I got. We talked to Asa and Kael about it. We weren’t going to let them make the decision whether to continue at school or start homeschooling, but we did want to know if they were excited or anxious about it. It turns out they were really excited about the idea.
The boys’ last day of school was the day before Thanksgiving. They have been home since then, and so far it is fantastic! The hardest part about homeschooling so far has been holding back and not trying to teach them EVERYTHING. History, math, writing, reading, poetry, literature, Spanish, engineering, geography, chemistry…