Oh goodness. Where to start? I’m only writing this post tonight because if I announce my intentions for the coming school year, I feel like it will MAKE THEM SO. And I’ve had enough with the waffling and the cold feet and the fretting and the waffling.
Hold the drumroll for a sec and let’s back up to the beginning…
On May 18, I wrote a post called homeschooling. truthfully. I just read it again two minutes ago, and as a completely unbiased observer, I must say it’s a tad on the brilliant side. Too keep my humble reputation in tact, I’ll add that I must have had some divine help. I don’t really even remember writing it. (Did I??) Anyway, it chronicles all the reasons why homeschooling scares the pantaloons off me (none of this has changed since May).
On May 19, I wrote a post called happy homeschool rainbows. More brilliance (one last hurrah before The Brilliance took off 2+ months for summer vacation and shows no signs of ever coming back). All the dreamy, idealistic reasons to homeschool. I re-read that one a few minutes ago too and felt all fuzzy.
May 20 = homeschooling, part 3 (doubts and second thoughts) (aka, the end of the brilliance). Re-reading this one made my fuzzy feelings flee. I kind of forgot how awful that week ended up being. All the turmoil and angst.
May 24. Last post on homeschooling (I think). And be thankful I didn’t say much about the whole debacle in June or July because goodness. I spent a bulk of my time threatening Ava that, “If you can’t be nice to Nina, YOU ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!”
So, what did we decide (as of 2 days ago)? Roll that drum…
Livi (10) is going to 5th grade at her public (magnet) school. She wants to be with her friends and experience a year of being Top Elementary Dog. Then, according to her, she wants to be homeschooled for the rest of her life.
Nina (5) is going to afternoon kindergarten (1:00-3:30) at the elementary school a mile from our house. Her teacher is a hundred kinds of awesome, and I’m excited for her year. “I only want to go to kindergarten though, Mommy. Then I want you to homeschool me the rest.”
And Ava (9)? Is staying home. With good ol’ Mrs. T./Mom as her teacher. If you love me at all (and/or know me and/or Ava even the tiniest bit), you’ll start praying RIGHTTHISMINUTE.
She is so excited. And me? I’m taking big, deep, really deep breaths.
I have no idea what I’m doing. I need simple this year. Easy. Not a whole lot of thought (at least not at first). I’m considering doing public school online. Anyone have any experience with it?
I welcome any/all words of wisdom/encouragement (I don’t even know what to do first! How do I even make this legal??). Expressions of concern are okay too–just know that I’ve agonized over this one, and I’m pretty sure God has nudged us in this particular direction (after making me sweat it out for two months).
I’ll be blogging along this new journey, and I can’t imagine it’s going to be pretty. Entertaining, yes, but not pretty. Stay tuned (if you dare).