Yesterday I posted on our YouTube channel about our big decision about homeschooling this year. (You can watch it here : https://youtu.be/v3ufibKPRLU )
I really want to post about homeschool a lot more, both here and on YouTube. I feel like it’s something I have a heart for, and I know that I am not an expert, but I love to talk about it and learn from others, so maybe I have some things to share too.
I went into a lot of the reasons why we made our decision to not send our girls to school, but there really was more I could have shared. (But 13mins of me rambling with Breeley and the dog watching me from the door I felt was more than enough for 1 video.)
So, here are a few bonus track stories and thoughts to share.
I didn’t really tell about all the meetings we attended and the research that I did. We went to every meeting that they had. I even went and talked to the principal and asked her a ton of questions. I also wrote down the curriculum, teaching philosophies, state standards, school policies…. And I researched them all. Honestly, there was a lot of things I loved about the school. I think that once it gets off the ground it will be a great school. And I think it’s a great opportunity that we were given. However I think I knew in my heart the whole time that even though it sounded great, that didn’t mean it was going to be a great thing for our family.
Also, I cried at every meeting. Every single one. I cried when we toured the sister school. I cried in the town hall style meetings. I cried and tried to pull myself together talking to the principal (who looked at me like “why did you come talk to me just to cry and not be able to say a word?!” and Josh looked at me like “please stop embarrassing yourself”.)
One of the hardest times I cried was when we went to a parent meeting. I sat down, pulled out my notebook and pen, and started to read through the pamphlets on the topic for the night. In a moment of me trying to calm myself I suddenly heard a familiar voice singing. Josh looked at me and said “Is that Chris?” Yes, it was Chris Brown from Elevation Worship singing. They were playing one of the songs from our church, at a public school meeting. Big tears started to stream down my face. Josh said “Are you crying again?!” And I said “Yes! I can’t help it!” I felt like God was sending me a little message that it was ok. He was with me and I didn’t need to focus on all that was going on around me and my thoughts and fears. I needed to take comfort in focusing and worshiping him and he was with me.
People’s reactions were also kinda interesting. When we told people we were going to send them to school people either told us how great they thought that would be or they looked at me in shock. I got much more of the shocked looked. Or a look of pity because I was again crying when I told a lot of people. One of my friends (who is pretty straight forward) said “Um, yeah, we will see if that actually happens. I am pretty sure on the first day of school your kids will be at home.” Guess she was right 😀.
Another funny story is when we actually called to withdraw the girls, they called us again for a follow up/confirmation. The lady told me they were sorry they would not have “Braylee and Ally” at the school. I didn’t know how to respond, considering my children’s names are “Alyse and Breeley”.
One night I texted one of my best friends and told her “I was looking at homeschool curriculum tonight. Josh came in and caught me. I felt guilty. It was like he walked in on me looking at porn or something.”
But seriously, we did not take the decision lightly. We honestly took months to decide.
We feel confident in our choice. We are all walking into this school year with excitement and great expectations.
Check back again to join us! We would love to have you as part of our homeschool year.