I started homeschooling my children today. Homeschool? Whaaaa?? Um, Courtney, It’s summer vacation, besides, your kids drive you crazy!
Well, first of all, yes it is Summer. That means it is a GREAT time to start. That way, if it doesn’t work, I can send Lucy on to Mrs. McKay’s first-grade class, no harm done (except to my psyche).
Secondly, I’m really hoping that homeschooling will help with the whole “kids driving me crazy thing”. I love them more than anything in the world (yes even chocolate and scrapbooking) but we’re not the best of friends. I’m kind of the Alpha Male as far as anyone in the house is concerned besides Matt (though he might say differently) and so I kind of have a real dictatorial way of doing things around here. Not the best for my nerves. Anyway, since “love” is spelled T-I-M-E to a child, I’m hoping this will help the relationship I have with mine.
Other Reasons to Homeschool
- We have a lot of travel plans coming up in the next year. Pulling Lucy out of school for three weeks at a time every month or so is hardly conducive to her academic success.
- Emma misses the cut off for kindergarten. So while I don’t think she is ready yet, I do think that she needs to do SOMETHING, and preschool is way too expensive. Worst-case scenario, she goes to kindergarten the next year. Best case (if I don’t end up sticking with this) she is ahead of her class and moves up a grade at some point (or at least partially).
- Lucy is MUCH nicer these days. She still has her snotty moments, but for the most part, she is much better at being a friend to her little sister and brother. And I can’t tell you how much I hate hearing “But Jane’s mom…”
- Emma is a special little girl. And as I said before, I don’t think she is ready for kindergarten, but even if she were academically, she might not be a piece of cake for a teacher. Lucy was very attentive and obedient (for her teacher). Emma is kind of off in her own world most of the time and to be honest, I SERIOUSLY doubt a schoolroom is a place where she can thrive. So for her sake, I’m hoping this works out. She is so vibrant and spirited that I really don’t want that crushed because she can’t/won’t conform.
Anyway, that is what started this. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and figured this was the best time to give it a shot. Love them or hate them, those are my reasons.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that I in no way, shape, or form pass any judgment whatsoever on people who have children who attend public school. This is just something that we are trying and if it works out, GREAT! If not, I will be the first one to walk my kids out to the bus stop on September 1st!