We’ve decided not to start homeschooling in January.
We’re going to start in August. This August. The one that’s just over a month away. 37 sleeps, in fact. Not that I’m counting.
It wasn’t a decision we made easily or lightly, but it’s what we feel God leading us to do. We’ve been having discipline issues with Emmy, who is possibly the most stubborn, most strong-willed two-year-old on the planet, and recently she’s been displaying an attitude that we are not happy about. We feel that it would be better for us and her to have her at home full-time where we can work on her attitude.
It’s this “Train up a child in the way that [s]he should go” (Proverbs 22:6) – one of the verses confirming our call to homeschool – that has played a part in our decision to start sooner than planned.
Another benefit of starting soon – which I am thrilled about – is that our mornings will be less rushed and less stressful. I know Angie will like sleeping in a bit later, and we can wait until it’s a bit warmer before taking off our onesies. Also, goodbye morning school run!
It was surprisingly difficult to compose the email informing the school of our decision. I even felt a bit sad as I hit ‘send’. We have had a good relationship with the school, and the girls have been happy there, but we have a strong sense that it’s time to begin this new chapter in our family’s education.
I do not expect it to be all sunshine and roses. I think it’s going to be quite an adjustment for all of us, and I’m fairly certain that by the end of the first week I will have lost my mind. But there is no doubt in our minds that this is the best thing for our family, and I am so excited to start this journey with the girls. Nervous, a little bit scared, but mostly excited.
Pray for us, please, in these weeks leading up to August. Pray that it will not be a difficult adjustment, that the girls will have a spirit of obedience, that I will find balance between schooling and working, and that God will work in our family.
Any last words of advice for this soon-to-be-homeschooling mama?