Monday, March 30, 2015

Last Quarter of our First Year

We are on Spring Break right now but next week we will begin our last quarter of the year!!  It is hard to believe that we are in the home stretch! I am very excited to complete this year and have one full year under my belt!  It has not been easy but it has been a blessing.  Once I started homeschooling my son it got to be too much.  He was not enjoying it and neither was I.  Finally, in his sweet 5 year old voice, he said to me, "Mommy, I love you but I don't want to be homeschooled. I want to go to the big school and have a teacher and friends."  It was so sweet how he said it, I couldn't be upset.  My husband and I always said that we make our decisions for education based on each kids needs.  Sport thrives on social interaction. It makes him so happy.  He is also not self motivated when it comes to schoolwork but he is competitive and we think that having other students in his class will motivate him to work harder.  So, as we have been praying about it, we have decided to put him in school next year for Kindergarten. We considered private school but the cost is more than we can handle right now and Kinder is only a 1/2 day program so he won't be there too long.  Hopefully by 1st we can put him in private school, unless God calls us to stay in public school. We will just keep seeking him along the way.  I found this great book called "Going Public." It's about how to raise Christian kids in the public school system. It has been very encouraging and helpful.  I never knew when I had kids that the education decision would be so tough. I think we are going to homeschool my daughter again next year BUT there is a part of me that would love to put her in school and only have two kids to care for during the day. I would also love to go to a women's bible study or MOPS group again. I miss that woman connection throughout the week. We have time to figure this all out.  I have faith God will guide us :) For now, nine weeks to go!