Saturday, August 15, 2009

Homeschool and Public School

We homeschool, as do many families these days. However, my little one (DS age 6) has decided that he now wants to attend public school. I think that for him that this is a good choice, at least for now. He is a very outgoing and friendly child that wants to be around other children all the time. Public School has now been in for 2 days and he has not attended. He woke up at 4:00 am the first morning sick. What does a 6 year old think about while sick early in the morning the first day of school.....what if something happens and mommy is not there? So there went the first day. I did try however until 9:00 am to get him to go. He was scared out of him mind. I gave in and decided we would try it the next day. Friday morning rolls around and he is still against going. This is now 3 days after his big decision to go and the rushing around, getting records together, filling out paper work, scheduling eye exams and physicals as well as purchasing nearly $200 in supplies that are required. My cousin’s girl, that is only 6 days younger than my son, gets off of the bus at our home and he went with his daddy yesterday to pick her up. He comes back in the house and says, for the hundredth time, "I am going to school". Okay, I am a very patient mother but this has got to go one way or the other. I agree that giving a 6 year old the choice is somewhat unusual but I think that my children should make decisions, but this is a really large one. So this time I have made it. I called his teacher and she informs me that he is no longer enrolled in her class since he did not make the first 2 days. Okay, now what?? I had my husband call the front office and they were kind of snippy, I understand. "Are you still giving him a choice??" "No, he will be there on Monday." After a brief discussion we came to the understanding that Monday is the last straw or he will be un-enrolled and if we decide to re-enroll him that he may be sent to another school in the district due to the over flow of Kindergarten children in this school. Although I believe that the best education for a child is homeschooling I am going to make him try public school for at least a week and then see how he responds. I believe that being around other children will actually help him to grow. My daughter went to public school for the first 4 1/2 years and it was in her best interest to remove her from that environment. If I feel the need to remove my son from public school then I will and keep him home but I would like him to have the experience if only for a brief time.

Wishing you and your children all the best this school season!! God Bless!!


Sew Practical said...

Wishing you all the best of luck with this. It's great knowing you at least have this decision. Just wish the public school could be a little more understanding. ) :