Originally, the plan was to homeschool Elijah this year for Kindergarten. Then, we heard about an amazing part time classical school through our church here in Bellingham and we were sold. But then, we realized we'd be missing quite a bit of school and meetings this fall with a new baby coming and family visiting. SO...it's back to homeschooling for us!
Let me make this very clear - There are two things I was NEVER going to do in my life:
1. Become a pastor's wife.
2. Homeschool my kids.
The two things stated above are not bad things. I have so many friends who do both and are amazing women. I just never thought I had it in me! Well, when it comes down to it, I don't think I had much of a choice with either of them, and now, I am so so thankful both things are such a huge part of my life!
It's funny how the one effects the other. For us, Dan is very busy on weekends, so if Elijah was in school 5 hours a day throughout the week, we'd have no family time. As well, realizing that Kindergarten really should only be 1-2 hours of concentrated work made me want him home for those other 5 hours of the day. And what in the heck would I do with crazy Lazarus and a new baby all day??? Honestly, I need Elijah's help around here!!
There are more serious reasons why we've decided to homeschool, but many of them are just practical reasons. Who knows what we'll do next year! For now, I'm loving this extra time with my kids and the routine it's given us. Not to mention we're already planning to take 6 weeks off when the baby comes. How fun!!
I do LOVE what my friend has to say about why they chose to homeschool. Many of our reasons are the same but she does a great job explaining them all. I'm really thankful for the other teacher mamas who helped us figure out what to do this year. Even more thankful for the free curriculum and supplies we've been given. So far, we've spent $35 for school this year and best part - no tuition or uniform costs!!
We've been doing school at home for 6 days now. I'm NO expert and am definitely open for suggestions or tips or advice. It's a learning year for all of us, ha!