Tomorrow we “officially” begin homeschooling. Since we made the decision, the Universe keeps sending little messages to assure us we are doing the right thing.
1) A notice in the mail stating the school day is going to be lengthened by a half hour. This, for a child who was barely holding it together as it was.
2) A notice from the school stating it is failing miserably in the mandated standardized tests. Now, don’t get me wrong. I know this means nothing. We live in a very economically diverse area, where some parents for various reasons don’t help kids with school work. Kids aren’t going to do well if parents aren’t involved. They aren’t going to do well if they aren’t getting sleep, or good food, etc. and the school can’t solve all the problems, but what this will mean is more “teaching to the test,” which has little to do with true learning in my humble opinion.
3) A video sent to me by a friend, (up on my dog page) with the message: When you let go of how you think things are supposed to go, you make room for even better possibilities. When I watched this, I got teary. It is exactly what we have been thinking regarding Riley. Todd had the same verklempt reaction when he saw it. Our girl just might be too cool for school.
4) A connection made with Linda Dobson, author of the book pictured above. She is a veteran homeschooler and has a wonderful blog full of valuable info. She personally e-mailed me after I left a comment on her blog, and then took the time to answer a question I had. She’s just revamped her website, Parent at the Helm and I put it on my blog roll should you want to check it out.
5) I went to check out the Unity church here today. It is within walking distance to our house, but we had not been. We loved the Unity church we attended in Virginia, but since we moved here, things just weren’t clicking in a way for us to attend. Riley was so exhausted all the time, and Sundays were the only day of the week where we didn’t ask anything of her. Sundays were for staying in pajamas and gathering her energy. She needed that like she needed oxygen.
Well, let me tell you, church today was awesome. One of my friends from chorus is the music director there and the church service is soooo musically infused, it left me feeling I’d been presented with a precious gift, just by being there. And, the church has a children’s choir, should mine choose to partake.
Before, we used to think homeschooling would be too taxing on us. We didn’t think about the energy which was being depleted, by trying to force Riley into a box that didn’t fit.
We didn’t feel like we were qualified teachers, but what a farce that is. Riley has been the teacher all along, leading us down a path we never expected, but are so glad to have taken.
It will be an adjustment, but it’s going to be good.
There is always so much to learn.