Saturday, December 17, 2011

A New Kind Of School

I guess we're in business now...

"Class will be held in front of the fireplace on cold days". Getting to set the rules is fun! :)  


#7 of my 20 Great Things is something I never would have expected.  If you'd asked me even a year ago, I would have said, "No way, there's not a chance I will I be homeschooling any of my children."  And just like that, things changed...

Toward the end of October, we decided to take the plunge on homeschooling Clay, who has been asking, begging, and pleading since before kindergarten.  I seem to recall referring to it as harassment.  In my mind, I was unqualified for the job and afraid I'd do more harm than good.  I have to wonder if other parents ever feel that way. 

Maybe I shouldn't consider it taking the plunge yet...Cole and Carson are still happily being shipped off to school each day...I guess you could say we're getting our feet wet.

To put it simply, so far so good.  I've been "job sharing" the teacher responsibility with a wonderful friend, which means we take turns teaching our 2 boys during the week.  Fortunately for me, she is flexible and willing to work with my schedule, or lack thereof.  Having Clay around the house more often is really great, and we get to spend more time together, whether doing school work, or just doing everyday life.  We definitely spend more time talking.  I'd say that parents of middle-schoolers are often getting less talk time with increasingly busy schedules, so I'm feel super thankful that it's the opposite for us.  

Looking ahead, I think it's going to be great as it fits into our life...school can work around our schedule instead of us having to work around the school schedule.  That is awesome!  And no pressure...we've committed to doing it this year, and will re-evaluate before the next school year.  I totally breathed a sigh of relief when I realized that I wasn't required to sign on as a teacher for life!

I don't know how many times I've commented at the end of a long school break that I'm just not ready to send my kids back to school.  Homeschool sort of seems like the logical solution to that problem.  Who would've guessed???  Sometimes we miss the forest for the trees, don't' we?

I'm sure this won't be the last of my homeschool posts...give me a little time, a few science experiments and human development lessons, and I'll be back with some great stories of my adventures in homeschooling!

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