Hi. My name is Kyla and I think, just maybe, I have lost my mind.
I have decided, rather quickly I might add, to home school my four and five year-old. Alright, to say quickly is an understatment. It’s always been in the back of my mind and my husband, Cody, has always been on board with it. So what pushed us over that edge? Well, let’s see…
1.) We’re a proud USAF family currently stationed in North Dakota. The kids and I just arrived a little under a month ago. Monster A was enrolled at a wonderful, small, Lutheran private school for Pre-K last year. He thrived. The kid is scary smart, ya’ll (I’m from Oklahoma, by the way. Get used to the “ya’ll”s.) When I started researching the ND schools I was shocked to find that you’re not even required to have any kind of education until you’re seven. Huh? So, where does this put my five year-old who had a hard time staying out of trouble caused (mostly) by boredom last year? Do I put him in a class that will basically repeat EVERYTHING he just spent the last year mastering? I think not. His sister, Monster S, is also incredibly bright and since there’s not a Pre-K program at the schools here I might as well throw her in the mix. I don’t want to push them too hard, but I know they’re capable of more than what they’re offered.
2.) Cody has different reasons. Well, not really different because I believe them too. It’s just not my primary reason for taking the route. We’re a Christian family, like the majority of home schooling families, and we want to have more control over the influences in our young children’s lives. I think it’s a good thing to have them interact with people of all faiths or lack of faith. I just want them to be well equipped to know what they believe. Also, I don’t trust the parents of other kids sometimes. I honestly believe that teachers and administrators do the absolute best that they can do (in most cases) but with the rising number of students being shoved into classrooms, it’s no wonder kids get lost in the fray.
3.) I found an amazing group of home schooling families on base. They have a co-op that meets on a weekly basis. Sometimes even more than that. I don’t think I would have ever made the decision to home school if it hadn’t been for the support of that co-op. People worry about the socialization of home schooled children. Well, between the twenty kids that were at the co-op and ballet and other sports, I think they’ll be just fine. Plus, they need to interact with all ages. Not just peers their own age.
There are actually many reasons why we decided that this was the right path for us. Those are just a few of them. I’m sure in the coming months we’ll find even more reasons that we love/hate home schooling.
My main reason for starting this blog is just to encourage other families and to share resources. Also maybe to document the losing of my mind. In the coming days I’ll be discussing the snags and triumphs of our adventure. As soon as I have all my curriculum delivered I’ll have a better idea of how to proceed. We are dedicating an actual room of our house to be a classroom. It’s a work in progress and will continue to be for a while. That’s okay. As long as we have the essentials, I’m not too concerned.
P.S. The thought of not having to get them to school in the ND winter doesn’t suck either.