Quick, before I get Sidetrack'd

School choices

Thoughtfully penned on January 19th, 2011 and generally concerning E, School

We’ve come to that point in our lives where our oldest child will be entering Kindergarten next school year. I don’t really understand how my tiny little bit of girl can be on the verge of school, but so it is.

So, the great school debate has been raging. At least in my mind, Matt might be a little less dramatic about the whole thing.

Public school was never really an option for us. We revisited this decision several months ago and still found it to be true. Now, don’t get me wrong, we are not anti public school in any kind of dogmatic way, it just isn’t the right choice for our family right now.

That being said, let me throw out a bit of the reasoning behind our decision. First, we have a complete and fundamental difference of opinion with the public school system when it comes to worldview. I know there are a lot of great Bible believing teachers in the school system, I know quite a few, but I also know that often their hands are tied by red tape. Second, I don’t like the idea of full day Kindergarten and that is all our school district offers. I could go on, but there is really no need.

I can’t fully articulate my desire to have Little in half day class, but it is one of my personal educational philosophies. And, I kind of like having her around. Think of me what you will.

So, private school? Due to financial considerations (and the full day vs. half day Kindergarten thing), a lot of the private schools in the area were out. The school where Little is currently attending two days a week has a great half day Kindergarten. That was really our only viable option other than homeschooling. On days like today, I still consider it a viable option. But we have to decide quickly, registration started today and their classes usually fill up very fast.

And here’s my biggest draw back to sending her there…I would have to get 4 kids (yep, you read that right, 4) up, ready, and in the car to get Little to school by 8. Then we would have to unload everyone to walk her into school. And then repeat the scene to pick her up at noon (there’s the downside of half day Kindergarten). Again, think of me what you will, but these are very real considerations in my life right now.

And now we come to homeschooling. Let me start off by saying that just because I’m addressing it last in no way indicates that it is our “fall back” option. I’m not so naive as to think it won’t be painfully difficult, especially in the early going. In fact, homeschooling has long been our first choice.

So I think this is where we’ve landed. I’ve been reading the laws that govern “home schools” in our state, researching curriculum, and praying that this is, indeed, the right choice for our family right now. We have been blessed with a large number of homeschooling families in our life, and the feedback, encouragement, and ideas I’m getting are wonderful! We also have a great homeschool support group in our area, and, of course, Matt’s parents who have “been there, done that, and lived to tell about it.”

I believe that there are times in life where we have to choose between the “good” and the “better” or even between the “good” and the “good”. And I believe that, for us, this is one of those times. I also believe that God equips and supplies, and we are relying on His provision as we enter this new chapter. Matt and I truly believe that this is the right choice for our family (our WHOLE family, not only Little) at this point in our lives. Your prayers, feedback, and words of encouragement are coveted.

Noise from the peanut gallery

  1. whatever you choose, remember it’s not an ‘always’ choice..you can always change your decision later! did you know josh is the one who started talking to me about homeschooling..there was no way it had even registered on my radar..but once he started edging me toward it, God definitely made His Will known….so that’s where we are. good luck. i’ll help any way i can!

  2. :) This post makes me happy.. so much of it made me nod my head in agreement. and as difficult as the changing in pace and lifestyle has been, its definitely been a wonderful year… changes have been made, but I wouldn’t have traded one second of getting to spend my days with the kiddos. Definitely look into a MDO program for homeschoolers or a CO-OP of sorts…. I really needed a set up get-away this year. I wish I had just settled on a baby sitter once a month or something…. or at least a week or bi-weekly evening that I escape!

    Love you guys!

  3. I think it is such a wonderful decision. There are days when I really wish I felt like I could do it. The constant packing up the van to drop one off or pick one up is very tiring. Daniel asks me quite often if I could home-school him. How can it be that are little ones are going into Kindergarten???

  4. Praying for you, Jana! Some days are tough, but He is always leading!

  5. As someone who continues to rethink this every year, I am excited for you as you start your journey. Yes, my kids are in public school, but I evaluate the situation constantly. There may be a time when we do homeschool (I think about it a LOT). I think homeschooling is a wonderful choice, and I hope it works well for you!