Homeschool is something I told myself I would NEVER do. I was so excited to send my kids off to school and have a break, and now I was going to relinquish that right??
That is the funny thing about absolutes….once you throw one out there, you usually find yourself doing the exact thing you said you wouldn’t do.
So here we are with all the forms filled out embarking on a new journey.
The Road to Homeschooling
My son had an amazing kindergarten experience at his school. I have zero complaints.
We started last school year biking to school and it was such a great start and finish to our day. Since it was only a 1 mile bike ride, it was a perfect distance for everyone.
But the school had a fire the third week of school and had to relocate. We were able to get to the new location via our trolley system (we only have one car), but it was quite a chore each day for the three of us.
Yes, there was a bus that could have gotten my son there without involving my daughter and I. But that time together in the morning on the way to school was precious time together.
We finished the school year doing our trolley route, but we quickly realized we wanted to change directions.
We decided to homeschool!!!
Here are a few of the driving forces behind our decision:
We noticed our pace was so rushed in the mornings.
We expected that a little bit, but underestimated how it would impact everyone in the family.
Kevin felt the morning stress and so did the kids.
At first we thought this was an inevitable part of life. Then we realized, much like paring down stuff, we could also pare down our pace.
Homeschool felt like the best option to reclaim the pace we once had.
2. Interrupting Flow
Many mornings the kids were deeply involved in an activity or book and I would have to yell across the apartment, “Stop reading/coloring/playing….it’s time for school!”
This felt so paradoxical to me.
They were learning in those moments and deeply engaged, and I was interrupting that flow to take them to school.
3. It’s not Forever
We are committing to exactly one year of homeschool.
My son’s school will reopen at the old location next year. This means we can return to our easy 1 mile bike commute if we choose.
If homeschool goes great and we want to continue, we can. If we are ready to return to public school, we can.
We have options!
4. I Want to Try It
The teacher in me has always wanted to try homeschool.
I doubted my capacity to do it in the past. Now I feel ready and have the mental and emotional capacity.
You never know until you try.
I used to think changing course was a sign of failure or a poor decision.
Now I realize the dynamic nature of life.
Today’s decision is independent of yesterday’s. Situations change.
Kindergarten at the public school was a great decision. First grade homeschool is a great decision.
Both decisions can coexist.
We are excited for the journey ahead!