Tuesday, August 11, 2009

SCHOOL!

It's time for SCHOOL!

And I have four unique individuals for kids.

This year, after much prayer, discussion, and even some debate, we have arrived at a new plan for educating our children. This plan is for this year only. We'll see what next year brings.

I love homeschooling and I'm rather selfish with my kid's time. I like to be the one that is there for the "AH-HA!" moments. I love our deep spiritual conversations throughout the day. I like the relaxed schedule and flexibility that homeschooling brings.

However...

Last year was pretty much a "rebuilding year" for our family. Just pouring my life into Cupcake's was a 24/7 job...and then there was homeschool...not to mention housecleaning (which almost never happened)...and the million other things that moms/wives do. We had lots of doctors visits, evaluations, therapy, etc. There was the whole broken ankle/appendicitis/gall bladder season which took quite a bit out of our school schedule.

We trudged along at a snail's pace with the big kids. Some days were productive and successful, others...not so much. I felt empty and run down, over-extended and ineffective many days. We couldn't seem to focus for more than 5 minutes on any one thing. We were always being distracted by something. We needed to make some changes.


Cupcake



By the time summer hit, I knew that we needed to put Cupcake into a Kindergarten program, so I could at least have a window of time with the big kids to really focus on their schooling. I think it will be good for her to have another authority figure. Rules and structure will be helpful to her. Learning to interact with all kinds of other kids will be good. Having her own "thing" will be important to her self-image.



Sugar



But while we were talking about putting Cupcake in public school, the subject of putting Sugar in public school came up. I was a little less enthusiastic about that. I like to teach Sugar. She will be in 5th grade this year. Fifth grade girls can be pretty mean. She is behind on some of her subjects because of the lost year last year and because of some other obstacles she has to learning. She's tender hearted and innocent. But, after much prayer, we think it will be good for her in many ways. She has matured by leaps and bounds this past year, and we believe she can handle whatever comes her way.

So, last week, we registered the girls for public school. They will both be at the same grade school two blocks from home. Actually, I should say that Cupcake is sort-of registered --- but that's a story for a whole other post.


Sunshine



Sunshine will remain at home full time. I am hoping to really focus on preparing him for high school work. He will also be taking two classes at a local homeschool learning center.


TE



TE is technically still homeschooling, but he will be taking dual enrollment classes at two local universities for most of his coursework. I am confident he can handle the load and it will cut his college requirements way down (at a fraction of the cost). :-D That's a win/win situation for everyone.

So there you have it. Our new school plan for the 2009-10 school year.

What are you doing?

Blessings to you,
Mamita

5 comments:

Deb said...

I love your options/choices. They fit the needs of the kids and you and the entire family. let me know how cupcake does in kindergarten- I am revewing choices for Bug for the 2010-2011 school year.

Love and hugs,
Deb

Kim said...

We are still homeschooling...looking forward to another year!!!

ManyBlessings said...

I think the best thing you can do is to decide what works for each child, each year.

This year, the two oldest are in High School. Tabitha will do a video program for 8th grade, and Emilee will start K at home.

Each needs something different at each time in their life and it's important to recognize that like you've done. :)

Laurie said...

Isn't it wonderful when you've prayed and are sure of what you should do? I love it, you have a great plan!
We have still not decided what to do for our David, he will go into 5th grade too:) The last year of Elementary is a great year to try public school, much better than Middle School :D Luke will be at home starting the 7th grade! Time Flies!
Blessings,
Laurie

Anonymous said...

You are great.... you plan it well..

love and kisses,

from Philippines