So this year we made the very controversial decision to homeschool the boys. There were many factors that led us to this decision. I don't mind sharing them but at the same time I don't feel that I need to defend our decision by going into every single factor. I'll just leave it at this. We have prayed long and hard about this decision. I have had a desire to homeschool since Spencer was in kindergarten. We never felt it was the right time to do it but this year we decided that it was the right time. And let me tell you that I have such peace about our decision. I realize it is not for everyone and I don't know how long we will do it. We are doing it for now. Who knows what next year holds? I also feel the need to clarify that we don't hate public school. I was a public school teacher and chances are I will be one again. We loved Spencer's school and we adored his teachers. He had wonderful experiences in both kindergarten and first grade. I have many many friends who are public school teachers. I know that each teacher invests so much time and effort and money and love to her students. I greatly admire and respect teachers. We just felt that for our family for right now, homeschool was the way to go.
Okay I will get off my soap box now :) Monday was the first day of school for the boys. We debated how to homeschool them and finally decided on an online public school. Yes you read that right we are doing an online public school. There were many advantages to this program and the biggest is that it is free!! They send you all the curriculum you need for the year for free! You also get assigned a certified teacher who will work with you and support you throughout the year. So we will see how it goes. So far this week has been okay. There have been a few tears (from a little boy who thought that if he cried I would let him stop his lesson), some screeching (from a certain 3 year old) but there has also been lots of time to read and play and just be together. That is something I have been missing. Time with my children without rushing onto the next thing. Rob has been working 80+ hour weeks this summer. Well Tuesday he got off early and we were able to finish our schoolwork early and head to the zoo as a family. This was a huge blessing and something we would not have been able to do if they were in school. So for now we are loving it. We'll see how the rest of the year goes :)