January 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Change, Homeschooling, School | Leave a comment

crossroads.jpg Just when you think you have everything figured out, that’s when it happens…things change. 

It seems now that we are going to bring our boys (Joshua and IV) back home to homeschool again next year.  I started homeschooling when Emily was in 2nd grade and she homeschooled until 9th grade.  She spent one year in a private Christian school and has been in public school ever since.  IV was homeschooled until 8th grade when he entered the public school system.  Joshua was homeschooled until this year when he entered 6th grade at Graham Park Middle.

This year has been starting all over again for me.  Emily, IV, and Joshua all in public school, I just had Daniel in kindergarten for homeschooling.  Jessica and Chloe are both doing some preschool curriculum. 

Last week Donald asked me what I thought about bringing both the boys back to homeschooling next year.  As soon as he said it out loud…we both kinda new this was what we were suppose to do.  They’ve done well in public school, but they get frustrated about the amount of “fluff” time in each school day.  They’ve had both good and bad teachers.  There are things they like about public school, but overall there’s more they miss about homeschooling than what they like at public school.

But when I think about what my responsibilities will be next year, it is a bit overwhelming…

Emily – a senior in public school…college applications, financial aid deadlines, senior pictures, prom, graduation. 

IV – homeschooling 10th grade…Algebra II (I didn’t do so well in Algebra II in high school, but that was because I didn’t do my homework and I was always turned around talking to the cute guy behind me.  Wonder who that could be?  :-)), English papers, Biology, etc..

Joshua – homeschooling 7th grade.

Daniel – homeschooling 1st grade.

Jessica – homeschooling kindergarten and continuing speech therapy.

Chloe – most likely will be tagging along learning everything Jessica does.

Then I just have my part-time job with the church and my Sunday school class to teach.  It can all be overwhelming to think about.  But I can already start counting my blessings…

Emily is very organized with her school work, and her senior year should be pretty easy academically.  IV will be thrilled to be back homeschooling and I think both he and Joshua will be ready now that they know the grass is not greener on the other side.  We will be in a better financial state by the fall so we can take advantage of more sports and programs for the kids.  Many hands make light work!  IV, Josh, and I will make a good team and help each other out.  I have a close friend who has kids similar ages and  homeschools them , so I won’t be alone and will have support.  I already have the homeschooling experience so it’s not like I am starting from scratch. 

It’s going to take a lot of organizing and planning, but change is good.


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