We are counting down the days until we pull the boys out of public school and start homeschooling.
So far we've been met with mostly positive responses.
I kind of wish the principal and teachers at the boys' school would have been jerks, but they've been great. That makes it a little more bittersweet.
I was going through L's school folder last night getting ready for Monday morning when I came across some "compliments" he received Friday. His teacher has the class write on little slips of paper things that they like about the other students. L is an outgoing little guy and he usually has a slew of compliments from his friends.
One of them from yesterday was from his best buddy. It said "L, you are good at baseball".
I smiled as I put it aside.
And then I got really sad.
I started thinking about how close these two are and what it will be like for his friend when he comes back to school after Christmas break and L isn't there anymore.
It broke my heart. For the little boy.
It's not like they'll never see each other again. We live a block away from each other for Pete's sake. Surely we will have more play dates.
But I wondered how it will be for L's class when L isn't there anymore.
I don't have an over important sense of L's presence in his class, but I know change can be hard for kids. 1st grade is tough business without adding in social issues.
L's teacher also has a program that she calls "Marvelous Me". Each student gets a week out of the school year that is dedicated to celebrating them. Last year we put together a collage of pictures of R (when he had this teacher) that showed him from birth to present day. I wrote a story telling all about him and he got to have a special lunch with the teacher and 2 of his friends. It's such a great way to celebrate the kids and make them feel special.
Well, L's was scheduled for March.
So guess what? He won't get to do it.
I was so crestfallen when I realized that.
I will still make a Marvelous Me week for L here at home, but I'm not kidding myself that it will be the same.
Am I cheating them?
These are all the thoughts that derailed me from homeschooling 2 1/2 years ago.
I absolutely believe that we are doing the right thing for our family. I just feel sad for those exciting things they will miss by not having a "class."
Help me out here moms who have homeschooled after your kids were in "regular" school.
How did you transition them?