Monday, May 3, 2010

School Schmool - Part 1

Josh and I have been praying for a long time about what direction we want to go with our kids' schooling. We thought we had plenty of time...until one day Areyna turned 5! WHAT?! It came up on us so quickly.

When I used to play "house", when I was younger, I would always take my kids to school. When daydreaming about my future children, homeschooling never even crossed my mind. "When I have kids of my own they will get older and they'll go to school." That's just how it was, I thought. I mean, I grew up making bulletin boards and cutting out laminated stuff for my mom, who is a wonderful school teacher. She went to school to learn how to teach. That is what one thing that she is good at. That is what she is GIFTED at. And, since there are wonderful people trained to teach children, that is where they need to be.

Then I met Josh. He is the oldest of 5 kids and they were all homeschooled. They weren't your typical homeschool family. I would have never guessed that they were one of "those" families by their outward appearance. (oh hush, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about, ha!) They all graduated early, are all very brilliant, extremely social and even dress in the current decade's fashions;) All my perceptions about the typical homeschool family proved to be inaccurate.

So now, I'm looking at both sides and wondering what in the world is best for my own children. I know there are pros and cons to both.

After much prayer for guidance, wisdom and direction we have finally made a decision.

I have decided to write a short series of posts to allow you to see our struggle to find which direction we chose and how we arrived at our decision. I hope to encourage you other moms of younger children. There is no right or wrong way. Every child is different. Every family is different. Let's take this journey together and learn from each other!

It is OK to admit that you don't know what you are doing. For me, I've never been a mommy to a five-year-old little girl, and I remind her of that often. I am learning and she is learning. We will do this together with God's direction and grace.
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