My Isla Homeschool: Under Construction

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This summer is a huge summer of transition for me. First, I am not working full time anymore. I work part-time, and I still teach as an adjunct. I have a few design projects and web sites that are in development, and I’m writing some content. All in all, it’s pretty relaxing summer. The kids and I are getting a lot of of play and fun time in, and I’m trying to spend more quality time with my husband. However, the one BIG project I have going on, is the one many do not know I am doing, and that is working on creating a kindergarten homeschool for C next year.

I am what you would call a reluctant homeschooler. When my kids were born, I never said, “I can’t wait to school my kids at home, full time, with no break.” In fact, both of my kids have attended part-time preschool and pre-k since they were 2.  I am a firm believer in socialization in this world, and being exposed to different types of thoughts. As an educator, and teacher, this is something I highly value. However, this fall, I was presented with few options, because of C’s age. She missed the cut-off for kindergarten by 25 days. Sigh. So, instead of heading off to Kindergarten this fall with her friends from pre-K, she had few options. 1) Keep going to her private school for 30 hours a week. At a whopping $800 a month, this equals $26 an hour for school. 2) Homeschool her.

I weighed a lot of the pros and cons. I made a chart of pros and cons and it looked something like this:

Pros for school:

Socialization, formal structured learning, art, school parties and events

Cons for school:

Minimal field trips, unaccredited curriculum, management of the school can be unstable because it is a co-op.

Pros for homeschool:

Curriculum control and identification of mastery of topics,  daytime gymnastics and dance classes, field trips all over Europe ($800 a month would pay for unlimited train travel in Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland AND probably the Czech Republic and or 9 plane trips a month….).

Cons for homeschool:

My part-time stay at home kid will be a full time stay at home kid and this momma may not get much of a break.

So, as we can see, the pros far outweighed the cons, and homeschool became my #1 goal for the fall. I call it “Mom School.” lol C is already catching on. Yesterday she said, “Can I get new clothes for Mom school?” lol. Of course.

Anyhoo, I digress.

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love to research, and learn, and read about any new endeavor. I think I have joined just about every pertinent facebook group about homeschooling, read numerous articles and blogs about homeschool, reviewed pinterest over and over, etc, so I feel ready; but I still feel woefully under-prepared, and a little nervous about how this will all go. I’m used to teaching adult students, so a five year old? We will see.

So, that is just an update about what I’m doing, and why I’m doing it. I think it will be a wonderful experience, but it still doesn’t mean I’m not a bit nervous.

I’m sure I’ll blog a lot as I transition into this new endeavor.

thanks for reading! xo

 

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