So, I have some [BIG] news!

No, I’m not pregnant. Let’s just get that out of the way right off the bat.

I did something today that pretty darn huge though: I submitted letters to our boys’ elementary school stating that WE WILL BE HOMESCHOOLING for the Spring Semester!

I know!
Me!
Homeschooling!
If you have read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I am an enthusiastic supporter of public schools.

(I mean, I did write this article, this article, this article, and this article)

I even wrote an article titled “I love my kids enough not to homeschool.”

So, yes, I am a fan of public school. While we were in Virginia it was a great fit for us. My twins enjoyed 5 amazing years at our neighborhood public school.

Sadly, our school in Texas hasn’t been as great of a fit. There are a lot of things that annoy me about the school and the boys haven’t been super happy there, although it hasn’t been “bad.” (Silas has had a great time in pre-k!).

Coupled with our “meh” experience and the fact are we are moving to England (Did you know? We are MOVING TO ENGLAND!) in the middle of the semester, I thought it would be a good time to “try” homeschooling my twins for the second half of 4th grade.

Because that is all I am going to do, ya’ll. I am going to try. I am going to do my best without killing myself in the process because (as I am realizing about myself)  I am a jolly, optimistic perfectionist with wild and jolly, imperfect kids.

We’ll see how this goes.

I am excited (sort of).
I am nervous (hello? mental health, anyone?)
I am wondering if my boys are going to thrive or crash and burn with me as their MOM and TEACHER (a huge reason why I haven’t homeschooled in the past; I didn’t know if I could be a good mom while also being their teacher).
I’m also wondering how I am going to handle their special needs (ADHD, etc. + learning disabilities) as we do school work.

So, yeah.

I turned in the letters today. The boys officially have one week of school left. (Eeek!)

Stay tuned. I’ve got a whole new genre to blog about in the coming months.

PS. For those who are super nerdy like me and want to know what curriculum we will be using here you go:
Mammoth Math
Reading Eggs for Language Arts (plus library books) (My research told me this was great for LD kids)
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Netflix. No, seriously. I’m making an “Education” profile with Nature, Science, and history shows.

I’m keeping it super simple and chill, folks.

Wish us luck!

PSS. I’m also wondering how the heck I am going to keep my youngest squirrel out of my hair while we do school every day. Share all your tips for homeschooling with a wild and crazy 3 year old. 😮

4 Comments

  1. Jen Love intentionaltraditions.com

    You can do it! But help helps!! For sanity‘s sake can I suggest finding a older high school teen or college girl to come over for a couple hours a week to help “tutor”. She can do all the same work you would or review while giving you a break. They could have a different reward system and different novel they are reading with her only and might like that changeup. I know that has helped at our house. And maybe you could exchange her for something sewn or baked or editing?

  2. Kendra

    For your little, get him involved and give him activities to do while you learn. He can learn right along with the older kids for most things and he will feel very big to sit at the table with them. Just don’t force him to join you on days he wants to play instead.

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