Wes and I have decided to home school the kids in the fall. We have always had the idea in the back of our minds, but we’ve never really felt like the timing was right. Well, now it is. There were a few reasons we finally decided to take the plunge, but since we have, so many many more reasons have presented themselves that there is no doubt in our minds that this is what God is calling us to do right now.
So, in no particular order, here is what I’m most looking forward to. . .
1. Not having to nag, cajole, yell, plead, cry, pull my hair out to get Sam (aka The Sloth) ready for school every morning.
2. Getting to see the looks on their faces when the learn something new.
3. Actually knowing what they are learning instead of being shocked when something random like “When the Earth is sucked into a black hole. . .”comes out of their mouths. Um, yeah.
4. Snuggled-up-in-a-big-fluffy-blanket-in-front-of-the-fire reading time.
5. My kids NOT singing “I’m sexy and I know it”. Thanks for that one.
6. Knowing if my kids are sick and not being called in the middle of Anchorage to come get them because, SURPRISE, they puked all over their classroom.
7. Closer family time.
8. Spending what I call “happy time” with them. You know, that time during the majority of the day when kids are in a good mood. Generally not evening time. At least for my kids.
9. Not rushing to finish homework on Sunday night.
10. Finding ways to teach Sam without millions of worksheets. Because Sammy plus worksheets equals apocalypse. Every. Day.
11. Honestly, I’m looking forward to reading all the books they’ll read, doing all the science experiments they do. Basically, I’m a big nerd who loves to learn.
12. Heading to Disney Land as soon as Wes gets back from his deployment and not worrying about school vacations. SHHHHH! It’s a surprise!
13. Incorporating scripture memory and our beliefs into what we are learning. Because that’s important to us, and sometimes when they get home from school or we are running late, that gets pushed to the side.
14. Not scouring the lost and found every week for gloves, hats, lunch boxes. Oh, and on that note, not packing the kids into full-body snow gear every morning for 6 months. For real, yo.
Those are just off the top of my head. It seems like every day I think of more reasons. I’m super excited and I can’t wait for the fall. The kids are stoked about it, too. Grace doesn’t really understand like the boys do. Actually, Ben has asked me to home school at least twice since he started school.
I don’t know how long we will continue this. I just know that right now, we are supposed to do this. My gut says I wanna be in this for the long haul, but my head (and Wes) are saying we’re gonna take it one year at a time. Actually, we are definitely doing it for our last two years in Alaska. Then we’ll take it from there.
In the meantime, your prayers would be greatly appreciated. For preparation, wisdom, guidance and patience as Wes will be gone for the first few months of this adventure.