So I mentioned on FB that this year has been the “Year of Change” for our family. So much has changed and so much is on the cusp of changing. I’ll try to share as much as I can- living out loud and all- and the first of the changes is
We’ve decided to not homeschool next year.
I’m at a juxtaposition of two opposing emotions. First, the blessings and benefits of homeschooling were extreme. Our Bigs flourished in ways that I’ve tried to share along the blog posting world and yet our Littles seemed to take a backseat to all things homeschool. Our “sets” of kids (1.5yrs and 3 years VS 7 and 9 years) felt like two completely separate worlds of child rearing and the needs that go along with it were not within my wanna-be-proverbs-31-woman-self (because I’m not the 31woman, I’m just Lori). So- the juxtaposition. Happy to give more to the Littles, sad to send the Bigs off for the day.
Why Aren’t We Homeschooling.
My hubby is getting a new job. It’s highly encouraged for us to move but not necessary to do immediately. So, if the move happens at any point during the school year I’m cleaning, showing, packing, staging, schooling, leaving the house for a potential buyer viewing, moving, unpacking to a new house, and still schooling through it all. Sounds hard but then because of our geographical location we could be in an entirely new state. DE borders MD, PA, NJ within minutes of our current home and each state has differing laws for homeschool. Which state should I try to fall in line with? What if we move in May? What if we move in January? With so many unknowns we’ve decided that a Christian school will be our best alternative for our values and continuity.
A Quick Reminder of Why we chose to HS.
We felt like the older the children grew the less time we, as their parents, had at discipling them and the more time 25 youngsters plus 1-3 adults had at instilling their own values, morals, and perspectives. My time with them seemed more drill sergeant-like with a“get your homework done, eat a snack, play piano, play outside for maybe 30 minutes, eat dinner, get a bath, read a book, go to bed” mantra. So we opted for homeschooling. IT WAS AN AMAZING YEAR!
Owe man nothing but to love him (Romans)—and that is what homeschooling allowed our family to experience. We developed so much more than academics (though- our early US history rocked!) but we grew in our relationship beyond any words I could write on this post.
Love your neighbor (2nd commandment). Our greatest neighbor is the family… my Mister and my children. I loved them with the biblical foundations and discipleship that is readily available with a homeschool lifestyle/philosophy.
Never Say Never.
As a former public school teacher I never thought I’d HS and I never thought I’d send the kids to a private school. And here I am- in just a matter of a few months I will be able to say that I’ve done both. And why? The Lord has led us down this path. We’ve been praying through this job change for 4 months. We’ve sought after solitude and stillness to have ears to hear. We’ve meet with Godly counsel to seek wisdom. We’ve been lead to this place of change. It’s funny how one change (like a job change) has a spiderweb of changes connected to it (home, school, a new church).
There are more changes coming too…. and that is both daunting and exciting.
Have you been a HS family that switched to private Christian School? How’d it go? Oh, the anticipation…..