Selfish. Unable. Afraid. Sheltering. Possessive.
These are words that people have used to describe our decision to keep Aaron at home for first grade. Interesting. Thankfully, a wise person once told me, when I was pregnant with Aaron, to decide who we were going to listen to as far as advice and then smile at everyone else but ignore them. It was good advice.
The journey to home education has been a strange one. I'm a teacher, born of teachers, and it would make sense to just follow the traditional education path for our kids. It all started with a class, audited after I had already graduated with my degree in education. It was a class about homeschooling. It was then I learned about the classical model of education as a feasible and desirable option, and was more than intrigued. I'll save the long rest of the story.
We're going with Classical Conversations. There is a new community starting in Midland, and it seems like a good fit for us - some "classroom" for Aaron, one day per week, (with six other 6-7 year old boys!) and all the benefits of a classical education, along with some excellent guidelines and accountability for me. We'll continue with Singapore Math and our current reading program, as well as adding in some Bible curriculum that I've really wanted them to be exposed to.
I'm excited, and a little bit scared. There will be a four year old needing a little preschool and a baby who will just be walking and into everything soon. There are details to work out, but we'll cross that bridge. Soon. And God gives grace, as much as we need, appropriate for moms who send their kids to a traditional school or moms who take on the schooling themselves.
But I do know this - it's what God has called us to do. Called me to do. And I can let those ugly words roll off my back - by His grace. He is continually reminding me that these are the children He has given me, and there is a lot to learn about them, a lot left to discover - and for now, we are to do that in conjunction with home schooling!