Today was the intro to a new journey for my family. For the past 2 years I have been homeschooling our two oldest kids during their pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade years. So none of my kids have ever attended a public school. Well last year, they expressed an interest in going to “regular school.” As much as it broke my heart and made me feel like they no longer wanted me to be their teacher, I was kind of glad.
Homeschooling is hard work y’all! Especially when there are 2 younger ones toddling around and crying for attention. After the birth of our 5th child it got a bit more chaotic. The constant schedule shifting and breaks made it hard to maintain focus. Not to mention my second child does not learn the same way the first does and so I had to completely revamp my curriculum for her…several times! It was a stressful and shaky year, to say the least. BUT we made it through with flying colors!
On the flip side, I really enjoyed homeschooling! It opened up so many doors for us that I’m really going to miss. We were able to go out of town for cousin’s birthdays, holidays, a trip across country in a 6 seater plane, which my AWESOME husband piloted (SO COOL!!!) and we got to go on learning outings whenever we wanted. I also got to reminisce on things that I did in school as I look up new learning ideas and crafts. My husband thought it was hot that I was the teacher and I got to show him that I actually can be quite organized….just when it’s nerdy stuff like notebooks, post-its and planners.
Well today we went in to meet the teachers and check out their new school. As we’re standing there waiting for the principal to give her welcome speech and the parents with kids in tow file into the cafeteria, I started to feel that “new school angst” starting to set it. It took me back to all of the times I started school over in a new state/country and had to get used to new surroundings, new friends, new smells, new routines. I looked at my kids while I stood there, wondering what was going through their heads. I know they were tired (all 7 of us walked there and the whole way my lazy children complained they were soooooo tired. PE will be good for them!). I know my second child was probably freaking out because she’s super shy and my oldest was scoping out possible friends.
How will they do? Will the other kids be kind? Will their teachers be patient and gracious? Will they tell me about things they are struggling with or class mates that want to influence them in ways that we don’t believe needs to be known at this age? Will they eat their lunches, or better yet, will they have someone to sit with at lunch? Will they be understanding when I can’t go to join them for lunch but the other moms and dads get to? Most of all, will they remember that Jesus is always with them and that God made them unique for a reason? That they weren’t made to fit into a mold.
I pray this new adventure proves fruitful, for all of us, and that they thrive and blossom in God’s care and the care of their teachers. Pray for my nerves too y’all, I’m going to need it!Tags: care, change, exciting, God, Growth, influence, life, nervous, new, Patience, school, unique
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