Archives for January 2014

And Now, We Homeschool

 

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…

Just A Picture For Fun

 

I love Kael’s green soled shoe in this pho­to.