At four-thirty this morning I was up with lots on my mind. Torn between writing, reading, and tackling the far overdue project of taking last year’s school books off the shelves and replacing them with books for this year, I chose the latter. I hate to admit that I had not yet done it, but it’s true. This is what our table looked like by 6:00 AM.
Once again, school is going to be different this year. Prior to the adoption of our children, we had exclusively homeschooled and it was a significant part of our family culture. It has been a process of letting go of our ideals in order to truly meet the needs of our children, and we’re still figuring out what is best for each one of them.
This is our plan for this year:
Ladybug will be homeschooled and also take three classes at our local high school. When we registered yesterday, she was so excited. As we stood in front of her new locker, practicing the combination, she literally jumped up and down saying, “I’m so happy!” Her classes are first thing in the morning, leaving the afternoons for homeschooling, piano, art, and other activities. She is also on the freshman volleyball team; it is going to be a busy fall.
Honeybee is attending an Expeditionary Learning charter school. We are excited to see her flourish in this environment which we think will enhance her strengths and support the areas where she is still catching up. This is a brand new experience for our family which we hope will give Honeybee much more joy in her education.
Dimples will continue attending a Christian school and will be in 5th grade. The high-structure, high-nurture environment is just right for her. Not to mention, I am a huge fan of uniforms!
Sunshine will be homeschooled using Sonlight’s Eastern Hemisphere program as well as various other curricula. She is very excited to study art (along with Ladybug) with our favorite art teacher, be in a Bible study, and do a variety of other exciting things.
Eby and Little Man will be homeschooled with Sunshine. Additionally, they will attend a small class three mornings a week focused on intensive reading, writing, and math. This will leave me more time for Bible, literature, nature study,and other subjects. They will also still have lots of outdoor time, which I find extremely valuable for them. Clearly I am capable of teaching these subjects, and I feel slightly sheepish about not doing it, but my life is extremely full and this extra help will ease some burden on me.
Noah and Samuel have already begun classes at the University of Idaho. Noah is spending the year completing prerequisites for applying to medical school. Samuel is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering.
Isaiah’s college plans have changed significantly in the last 24 hours, after two long weeks of discussions and prayer. I’ll share more soon.
I’ve got to get back to tackling the mess on the table. Dimples will be home Saturday and I need to be calm and ready to help her start her school year on Monday.
I know that many of you have already started your school year. What are your plans for educating your children this year? I would love to hear from you!
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