Monday, December 3, 2012

Thinking Things Through

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?
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