To catch up my blog, Jon and I ended up enrolling Kaelyn in school the beginning of this year. She started towards the end of January and she is loving it! It was challenging keeping her engaged all day at home. Kaelyn does not really do anything unless directed. I felt that her many free hours at home were working against her ability to learn. She attends a life skills special needs class. The staff is sweet and caring and so far it has been a great fit for her.
I now straddle two worlds. My oldest two boys are still currently homeschooled and that will not change. Having a foot on each path does make me feel like I don't fully fit into either world. I'm not really your typical public school mom and I'm not the homeschool mom who feels that homeschool is the best option. That probably doesn't make much sense, but this post is a bit of a rambling post.
Here's a quick list of why public school is working so well:
~It gets us going in the morning and holds us accountable to a starting time.
~Lily is learning braille
~All the services and technology that my kids receive. (Between my three that are visually impaired they have four personal aids, a vision teacher, an orientation and mobility teacher, a speech teacher, three CCTVs, a visio book, an iPad, monoculars, and homework/class work is enlarged.)
~My kids love all the little projects
~I no longer have to plan and correct work
~Having Kaelyn engaged all day
~Meeting other moms and kids
~Volunteering in the class and tutoring low kids
Here are the things I miss about homeschooling:
~My curriculum. I really loved the curriculum that I have discovered over the years. I still feel that it is so much better than the worksheets they get at school.
~The time spent reading to my kids. But, if I can get my act together we still can do this after school.
~Being able to modify their education to each child's needs.
~Having their education being God centered. However, we can still teach our children about the Lord when they are home.
~Having my own schedule.
Here's my biggest confession, though. I am really enjoying those few hours in the morning where my house is quiet and picked up. I'm a better mama when they come home with that space.
I'm not sure what the future holds for us as far as education goes. Our current plan is to leave the four in school until God makes it clear we should homeschool again. I feel complete peace about our new path in education and I am excited to see how God uses us as we walk this road.