Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Homeschooler at Heart Sends Kids Back to School

Posted by Mandy at 10:55 AM

This summer is already over... how can this be? I feel like we should have at least a month left before school starts, yet I took my two big kids to their classes this morning. What a bitter sweet day!


Back to school means back to a normal schedule, back to quiet time to get actual work done during Samuel's nap, and back to one on one time with my sweet curly head. It also means back to waking up at the ungodly hour of 6:15am, driving a ton each day, and missing my kids as they venture to the big world of public school.


This year, I'm sure, will be one of the best ever. After meeting both teachers and hearing rave reviews about them from everyone I know, I am super confident that my kids are in awesome hands. Madison has been in school with the same children for the past 5 years (including pre-k) and she is so excited to be back with her friends. Carter saw several of his preschool friends in the school on our walk to his classroom and he could barely contain himself!


"Look! There's Jessie! There's Chelsea! There's Jordan!"

Madison can't wait for REAL art this year. She is also thrilled about the greenhouse and butterfly garden available to her. I think she is really going to spread her wings and fly this year! Carter is just excited about everything. He loves it all! Reading, writing, art, computer, recess, lunch.. he can't possibly pick a favorite thing at this point.

Each year at this time I always have a lingering thought of, "maybe I should just keep them home and homeschool." I mean, it would be a heck of a lot easier than driving all day, getting up crazy early and go-go-going, and things of that nature. Plus, I'd know who they were with, what they were hearing, and each thing that happens to them each day. Then, my husband reminds me how not cool he is with that whole idea and all of the reasons we like public school for our kids.

My favorite thing about them going to school is watching them pick and choose GOOD friends. I am amazed at my kids' abilities to steer clear of the wrong people and hang with the nice kids.. right from the start! They have shown no racial preference, which pleases me to no end, and simply seem to enjoy the company of kids that are well-mannered, nice, and typically good in class. If this will continue throughout school - who knows. I'm enjoying it for now.

Another positive is I feel like there is possibly no better place for Christian children to share their faith and live a witness than at school with their peers. I can think back to many of my friends that had such amazing faith, from childhood, and how influential they often were with me. Of course, I was a rebel and made lots of bad choices.. but without their support and love, I wonder if I'd have gone down a worse path? I really pray that my children will be those kids for someone in need.

Being the social kind of person I am, I really love that they get lots of opportunities to socialize and come "into their own" without me always around. I've snuck up on them and watched them play in the playground before and things of that nature, and it's so reassuring to see that even in "the real world" with peer pressure and outside stimuli, they still make good choices. God, please, keep this going throughout their lives! Save them from the crap I put myself through trying to please people!

So, even though I do think I have the heart of a homeschooling mother... I proudly let my kids go off to school. I can't wait to pick them up today, having them so excited to see each other, me, and Samuel. I can already imagine the crazy chatter we'll have the entire way home - each talking about their favorite things, the kids they played with, and how their teachers were. Here's hoping they'll be excited to return tomorrow!

5 comments:

Allison on Wednesday, 19 August, 2009 said...

I can not believe it's already back to school time! Cute pic of the 2 of them! I'm sure they are going to have had a great day!

Cindy on Wednesday, 19 August, 2009 said...

I remember when I was, oh, 8 or 9 and a girlfriend came to spend the night with me. She brought her Bible, and I was amazed that she had WRITTEN in it...underlined parts of it and such. I had revered the Bible as a holy relic of some sort. You should see my Bible today...it's psychedelic with my markings! Childhood Christian influence is good.

Mandy on Wednesday, 19 August, 2009 said...

lol Cindy! I had a similar experience! One of my friends would use a highlighter to highlight scriptures that spoke to her on any given day, and I was shocked by that! I'm more of a note taker... I tend to use index cards to write it down, stick it in the right spot, and revisit it later. It's cool to find that stuff years down the road!

Jennifer on Wednesday, 19 August, 2009 said...

My kiddos had an excellent first day, with no problems! I was so relieved! They like their teachers and I can't wait for them to meet new friends and reunite with the old ones!

Sun-Kissed Savages on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 said...

Different things are right for different families,and it sounds like this is a good fit for you! :-)

Although I had to laugh out loud when I read this, "a heck of a lot easier than driving all day, getting up crazy early and go-go-going." HA!! ;-)

Between co-op classes, ballet, piano, field trips, Keepers & Contenders, Boy Scouts, church activities (you get the idea,) I feel like we're over-socialized and I'm a taxi service. Not to mention lesson plans, curriculum buys...
But my kids LOVE it, and so do I.:-) It's the right fit for us.

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