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…

Comments

  1. Can’t wait to hear more about this! Home school research is my cur­rent big project. That is, no pres­sure, but I spend most of my free time research­ing. Very enjoy­able. I hope and pray your year goes well, and am very happy to hear it’s going so well already!!! Home school­ing is really gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, and it’s so great we have so many resources available.

    I recently guest posted for my sis­ter. The com­ment dis­cus­sions have been inter­est­ing, too!
    http://www.themeasuredmom.com/ready-for-kindergarten-checklist/

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