|My kids at their best! :-)|
I needed to read this post today.
Because we will not be homeschooling next year.
It's true. Our kids will be entering public school next year. After the initial mourning period, I'm finally excited and ready to embrace this huge change in our lives.
When we told the kids about our thoughts, J. asked if there were any questions. Addie raised her hands and asked, "Can we still have a read aloud book."
Of course! It was a great opportunity to remind them why we started homeschooling in the first place. Yes, I wanted more time with them, but the ultimate answer was that this decision (to homeschool) would bring our family closer together. That has happened. That will not change.
Sure, we'll need to work harder on certain sibling relationships, but for the most part our family culture has already been established. Our activities may look different next year, but the feeling in our home will remain the same.
Thus, this post was timely because I've been planning and thinking and pondering on how to keep the homeschool feel in our home while public schooling. Setting the tone, the environment will be huge. I like the reminder (and the permission) to not give them more structured classes after school. Having less time with my children will be hard at first, but I know when they come home they will be mine and we can make the best of that time!
I believe it is by divine design that the role of motherhood emphasizes the nurturing and teaching of the next generation. - - Elder L. Tom Perry