so. i have been working up the courage to post about sky’s new schooling situation.
dum de dum…it’s official…
we are now going to be homeschoolers! can you believe it?!
sky had a wonderful kindergarten experience at the local public school, and did exceptionally well. but after months of prayer, TONS of research, endless talks with other homeschoolers, and weighing all the options, we just really feel that this is the right decision for our family. sky is THRILLED – he is so excited about it, and keeps a running list of all the things he wants to learn about ‘in homeschool’.
i’ve always wanted to homeschool the kids, but it was never the right time. till now. i still can’t believe pants is on board – that is no small miracle, and a sign to me that we are on the right path.
here are just a few of our reasons for homeschooling:
* we want more time with sky
* we want more time for sky and sharkey to be together
my kids are 4 years apart, and sky already has a pretty active social calendar – i don’t want my boys growing apart as they grow up.
* i still want to be the most influential person in his life
school days are long, and sky is so easily influenced by his peers. we just want to make sure his character is really grounded in the right things.
* we want to expand his mind
i think school is great, and kids learn so much cool stuff nowadays. but there are some subjects that just get breezed over, and we want to be able to take the time for sky to really absorb them.
we also want to explore lots of (untraditional) topics sky is interested in.
* he will learn to interact with people of all ages, not just his peer group
* we will have more opportunity for extended field trips/vacations
locally, we would love the freedom to explore all california has to offer. also, our families are both on the other side of the country, and it would be great to go visit and stay awhile. i think.
* we want to offer a Christian perspective
so that’s that. i am super excited, but also really nervous! today i started nailing down the curriculum we are going to use, and writing out my lesson plans through the end of december. i am using a couple different curriculums and also incorporating some of my own ideas. sky is really visual and creative, so a lot of our learning will be hands-on. i have a copy of the ‘first grade standards’, noting everything sky is supposed to learn this year, which helps tremendously.
we plan to begin in august. any ideas, encouragement, and prayer will be appreciated!
ps – yes, i know about the new california homeschooling ‘law’. i’m not worried about it.