Saturday, February 6, 2010

Kindergarten Contemplations Part II

Wow.  I’ve had a lot of feedback since I posted our thoughts on kindergarten.  I appreciate all the comments, e-mails, and words of wisdom from other moms out there!  I enjoy hearing the experiences of other families who have faced similar decisions.

Here is where we are:

We will find out if Grace is accepted to the fine arts charter school in another month.  The chances are pretty slim.  It’s based on a lottery system, and there are a lot of families vying for a mere 14 open spots.  If she is offered a spot, we will seriously consider allowing her to attend.  My recent tour with the principal was very impressive, and we feel that Grace would be served well in the environment.

At this time, our hearts are leaning towards homeschool.  I am feeling more comfortable with accepting this challenge, especially after hearing the testimonies of other families who have chosen this for their children.  I’m reading books, doing lots of research on curriculum, and connecting with homeschool moms who are willing to share wisdom. 

In preparation for the strong possibility of homeschool, I’m becoming more faithful about structured times of learning.  I reorganized our supplies (workbooks, manipulatives, art and craft items) so everything is within easy reach.  Grace is enjoying our “school-time” and begs to do it more often then I am able. 

It’s comforting to know that we have two good options.  We’ll make a decision next month after we find out if the charter school spot is available.  Thanks for the prayers and thoughtful feedback!


Kevin R said...

My friend, you are so obviously already homeschooling. Should the Lord direct you into continuing in that direction, He will equip you fully for the task. Questions of curriculum should pale a little in light of that. So should reservations you have about your own ability to teach Grace. (You? Not be able? Unthinkable!)

You already know how convinced I am that this is what my family needed to do, and I'd never presume that it was right for all families. However, I can say with great assurance that you would never regret it.

Another note on curriculum. Mine has always been a very eclectic approach, but I am willing to share my opinion on curriculum favorites, if you ever want to hear such a thing.

One last thought . . . it is sometimes difficult to find a tackle football team for homeschoolers. You might want to take that into consideration.;-)

I love you! I'm praying for you all as you decide.

3 for Me! said...

Thanks for the update!! :)

And I think it's awesome that you are already "schooling" her. And even better that she is asking to do "school-time"! What a blessing and preparation for whatever decision you make;)

Ginger said...

Hi there!
I just stumbled over here. And read your title and instantly became interested in your topic at hand. I teach k4 (preschool) and love every minute of it! I was also home schooled from sixth grade on and loved it!

I'll be praying for you guys as you find the perfect place for your little jewel!