Have I mentioned lately how much I miss homeschooling? Some days it's all I can do to not stand in the middle of the street and scream! It's very hard to drop them off at school every morning knowing that I'm not a part of their learning day. I don't get to see the light bulb go off when they've mastered something or see the frustration in their eyes when they are stuck. Yes, I help them with their homework and interact with them after school....but it isn't the same.
I miss not having to get up at a certain time in the morning. I miss not even having to get dressed to
"do" school. It was really enjoyable to have all 4 of us sitting around the dining room table, each of them doing their own lessons and me being there to help when they needed it.
I miss how they would scatter in an instant when I would announce "break time" or how the girls would tip-toe around when Nathan was doing a timed math lesson. I miss how they would ask, "can we be done?" toward lunch time and then, sometimes, ask if they could do more school work after dinner. I miss how we were together all the time.
I miss ALL of those things....and many, many more. I have no regrets about last year! NONE! I wasn't always easy, but I'd like to think we all did a good job....even on the days when it was like pulling teeth to get Nathan to do his math. Incidentally, I'm pleased to inform you that it's not JUST ME! He complains just the same about his current teacher and says he hates math just as much!
Amelia has struggled with reading this year. I guess what I really mean is that she is struggling to keep up with the other kids. She feels bad when all the other kids get to wear paper crowns when they have mastered their AR (accelerated reader) points, or when they have their name written in gold on the "list". I hate that she's feeling bad about herself because she has to see a special reading teacher a few days a week. She says the kids make fun of those that have to go to "Mrs. C's" room.
If we were homeschooling, none of that would matter. She could read at her own pace and not be penalized for it and we could celebrate when she moved up a level....no matter what that level was.
I've talked with the principal and her teacher at length about her immaturity and the fact that she is behind in reading. We will need to seek some summer school help in order for her to be promoted to the 3rd grade. I would feel horrible if she wasn't allowed to move up! Her teacher blames homeschooling. She didn't come out and say it like that....but she beats around the bush....a lot! I wouldn't call her anti homeschooling...exactly....but I would say that she is not in favor of it.
This is just one hurdle of our lives...there will be many more, I'm sure.
If you are a homeschooling mom....get down on your knees and that God that He has allowed you the opportunity to be with your children. If you are consider this journey, please don't think about it too long. You'll just talk yourself right out of it! JUST DO IT! I promise that you will not have any regrets and that the time you spend with your kids will be precious to you. You'll wish you tried it sooner. And for those naysayers out there....don't knock it till you've tried it! Seriously, get your children away from these government schools and start making the changes you need to make in order to keep them at home. It will be the best decision you ever made.