We’ve made our decision about Nathan & kindergarten. I will homeschool him.
I feel really good about this and I feel very strongly that this is what the Lord wants for us.
Last fall, when we began to contemplate different options, I wasn’t very keen on homeschooling. Mom did such an amazing job of homeschooling us 4 kids, that to me, she is the role model, the example. And I was afraid I’d fall far short of that and stress myself out majorly in the meantime. I decided that I wanted to at least try our other options, that way if we did end up homeschooling, I would know that this was truly the best option and not become resentful that we didn’t try the other ways. So our journey began.
As I’ve mentioned before, private school is too expensive, so that would leave public school. Ok. Public school it is. I told myself it couldn’t truly be that bad, right? I mean we’re talking kindergarten here.
First off, they teach “sight-word” reading, not phonics. Yeah and that’s a great way to build kids’ educational foundation. That explains why so many highschoolers can’t read more than the basic words.
So one negative. But I reasoned that I could teach Nathan phonics myself at home.
The next negative was the principle pushing (& most likely will get his way) full-day kindergarten. Nathan isn’t ready for that. He’s a very smart little boy, but he’s active. He has tons of energy. Trying to cram a ton of information down his throat for such a long period of time without any in between period (isn’t that what kindergarten is supposed to be? Or least used to be…) is not going to work with him. He’ll get frustrated and it will be a bad pattern. Even our family doctor said Nathan would do best in half-day kindergarten.
The final straw for me was the laid back attitude of the parents and the principle in terms of how rude & horrible the children are. They practically laughed – as in a rolling their eyes, but oh well, nothing-you-can-do-about-it kind of way – about the kindergarteners flipping off people. Yes, you read that correctly. That is what 5 year old kids do in my town. Lovely, huh?
No, my little boy is NOT going into that environment. I know he will be exposed to that kind of behavior at some point in his life, but NOT now. He is much too young and impressionable.
Option #2 – private school. I won’t go into great detail about this because I already covered that in my last post. But between the extremely strict rules that seemed almost too extreme and then the fact that you do need to be a member of the church to send your child to their school, the Lord made it clear to Nate & I that this is not the option for Nathan.
So homeschooling it is.
The Lord is such a wonderful, patient God. He knew I was stubborn and didn’t want to homeschool. But He also knows that I want what is best for my children. So he took me through each of the options carefully & patiently & let me discover on my own what His will was for my children all along. Thank you, Lord.