Because inquiring minds want to know!
Everyone keeps asking me how the kids did this year in public school, why I decided to go that route and if they were staying in public school.
I am going to answer all those questions and give my thoughts on the year.
Why did we put the kids in public school?
There were many factors that led to this decision.
The first being that I no longer felt comfortable with my husband being the sole provider. In December of 2015 he lost his job.
The feeling of helplessness was too much for me to handle so I decided to go back to school, get my degree and start building a freelance writing business.
Secondly, we had to relocate to a place with a much lower cost of living. We also wanted to be out of the big cities and out in the country somewhere. Once we were back on our feet we bought a house in a small rural farming town.
I felt that we would be too isolated to continue homeschooling effectively.
Third, one of our children has a learning disability and I recognized that I could no longer provider her with the help she needs. She needs specialized teachers to help her overcome her obstacles. I am just not equipped to handle that.
How did the kids do?
I think when people ask me this they expect me to say that they were really behind or that they didn’t do very well socially.
For the record they did great.
While it was a learning experience for us all the kids understood the expectations very well. Their teachers kept commenting how “well-adjusted they were for being homeschooled.” *insert sarcastic eye roll here*
Are they staying in public school?
Yes, as long as we live where we do they will remain in public school. Even though rural schools tend to have a bad reputation we are blessed to have a great school system.
The kids LOVE going to school and can’t wait to go back in the fall!
That is not to say that this year didn’t come with some challenges.
This year was definitely a learning curve year, for me more than anyone.
I will start with the kids’ challenges:
Getting up and out the door for the bus every day was tough. They also had to learn to conform to school rules like asking to go to the bathroom or to go get a drink.
Now for my challenges:
I had to learn to deal with the loneliness. Up until this point I hadn’t been away from my kids for more than an hour or two for several years. Then all of a sudden I had all this free time I didn’t know what to do with.
I sank pretty deeply into depression. I needed something to do but just didn’t feel like doing anything.
So we rescued a couple of shelter dogs to help keep me company and maybe cheer me up a bit. More on that another time.
Another thing I had to cope with was all the inappropriate things the kids were learning at school from other kids.
Most of the time the kids didn’t understand what they were saying or doing. I was very thankful that our kids have been rather sheltered up to this point.
Then there was the homework.
Between the three of them we would be doing homework 2-3 hours a night on most weeknights. What makes all the homework even worse is that I really don’t think it helped them at all. But whatever, nothing I can really do about it I guess.
Overall, we had a really great year and look forward to the upcoming school year!