So for my commenters yesterday, thank you! I thought about commenting to each one but really it will all be right here with my news.
I came to the realization yesterday that I had not done Alex’s enrollment paperwork to get him into Kindergarten at the girls’ school. That has to be done by end of next month. It didn’t seem right to enroll him when I have been considering the homeschool option this much. I kinda had it in my head that if we did it would be next year. Why would I enroll him for a year just to yank him out? I was already nervous on how the girls’ might take it. So when the girls’ got to the office and got their homework done yesterday, we talked. I started out with confirming that I had been serious when I mentioned the possibility of homeschooling and checked out a few things about it. With nothing more I asked them how they felt about it and encouraged questions (which have been nonstop since yesterday). I was very surprised and very releived. Both of them instantly jumped at the chance. Molly’s main reason was that she was tired of waiting on other students to be ready to move forward. Which also made me feel bad for them because even though she waits, those that aren’t getting it are still rushed with time limits. Claire’s reason was that she was tired of the kids in her class constantly being disruptive. Both of them said they thought it would be cool to have more momma/kid time. Made my heart smile! They were a bit worrisome too. Molly has two friends that she really wants to keep in touch with and I already know them quite well so I see no issue with arranging friend time with them. Claire’s only concern was getting a midmorning snack lol.
The hubs is not as thrilled. He doesn’t wish to be listed as a teacher on our forms because he feels we should have teaching licenses to qualify to teach our children. I kinda understand that but he isn’t all that aware of what is going on in our schools. The eldest’s teacher has told me numerous times that she has to take a day to learn some of what she teaches in the class. Case in point was an issue with how they are teaching division this year. She had only known how to do long division, she had to learn the new method before showing the kids, and she showed me how it works at a parent teacher conference. Seems like her teaching license really said she had learned how to teach kids, not how to teach that specific curriculum for the year. He also doesn’t get that curriculum changes each year within that grade. Sure as they get older they may have subjects that I just can’t teach, like say Calculus. So I find someone who can. And I clearly pointed out that if it doesn’t work out we can put them back into school. Trust me, their education is everything to me…..I won’t let my kids get stupid. So yea he isn’t happy but we are moving on with it anyway.
The decision wasn’t easy until the kids let me know they were on board with it. Had they said they really wanted to stay in public school I would have dropped the issue immediatley. In my opinion had I pulled them out against their will, it would have been a bad foundation for them learning. I honestly never thought I would do homeschooling, I can find alot of positives with putting kids into a public or private system. I think that at this point in our lives, it’s a good move.
So today I am going to go ahead and talk to the boss. I am 100% he will be flexible with me since I am real good about keeping up with my deadlines and have a good work ethic (those were his words in a conversation late last year lol). I also have to call my old high school to get the transcripts to send off with paperwork to the state. This is kind of exciting.