If you follow me on facebook or have been reading my blog recently, it should be no secret that my 8 year old is heading off to public school tomorrow for the first time. It’s bittersweet for me. I wish we could have kept her home a couple more years, but she’s really been fighting me over most everything and I need her to decide if she has it as bad as she thinks she does, or if maybe life at home isn’t quite so bad. And that’s the truth. Part of me hopes she hates public school and wants to come home. And part of me hopes she loves it and wants to stay there. I am at peace with the decision though. I know that whatever ends up happening, it will be good for her.
So, the 8 year old starts school tomorrow. And the official first day for our homeschool group was Monday because the program is attached to a different school district and their first day was also Monday.We’ll slowly be easing back into homeschooling over the next couple of weeks. I’ll have a first grader and a kindergartener. I’ve officially promoted the 4 year old. She’s ready and might just beat her brother at reading… 😉
Here are some pictures to show the stark difference between the two modes of education. They really couldn’t be any different.
Back to School Picnic at Saulsbury Recreation Area:
Back to School picnic is contrasted with heading to public school for orientation, also on Monday.
We watched a power-point slide about the teacher, met the teacher, picked out a desk, and Anna unloaded her copious school supplies (all 40 pencils nicely sharpened, thank you Kristy), and checked out her locker. And she’s totally thrilled. To go off alone. Away from her family.