Nathan’s First Week of Public School

I did it. I sent my precious baby to public school.
(He may resent the baby remark ever so slightly. Oh well.)

Nathan’s first day was on Monday and it went great. He took the bus too.  He’s old enough to walk down the road to the bus stop, but on Monday, we all walked down to see him off. For some reason, Joshua woke up on the wrong side of the bed and threw a huge tantrum as we were heading down. I think any neighbors who were still asleep had a very loud early wake up call after that performance.

I brought my camera, of course. I got a couple of odd looks but I didn’t care. This was a big moment for us! My dad had told me not to do it because it would embarrass Nathan, but I told him that’s my job as mom. Haha. Plus I wasn’t too obnoxious about it.

Just so you know – the photo above isn’t crooked – we practically live on a small mountain, so the road is very steep.

I admit it – I did have tears in my eyes as I watched the bus drive away. I’m starting to let go. It’s scary. But you know the greatest thing? As I’m letting go, I know that the Lord is right there alongside Nathan, never leaving, for everywhere he goes and everything he does. What an amazing promise we have as Christ-followers.

I’m taking this whole “change” as a big challenge to my prayer life as a mom. I’ve always prayed for my children, but I’m realizing lately just how critical that is. No one, absolutely no one, in this entire world will pray for my children like I will as their mother.

The other neat thing: public school is such a great learning opportunity for Nathan. And I’m not talking about academics. I’m talking about life experience. While I’ve tried my best to get my kids “out,” I know they’ve been sheltered, just by nature of being homeschooled. One thing that’s concerned me for awhile is that my kids don’t have a clue as to just how blessed they are. Our family has been blessed with so many things and it’s hard to explain to kids that others don’t have all that. But I think seeing it first hand is the biggest influencer of all.

Nathan and I already had a great discussion about a boy in his classroom. He said the boy was very quiet and looked “different” (I’m not sure what he meant by that.) When their teacher talked about fire drills, the boy began crying and that really puzzled Nathan. It was a good chance for us to talk about compassion. Nathan listened in a way that he hasn’t in the past.

So far, Nathan’s proclaimed school to be “very good.” Of course, it’s just the first week and he hasn’t had homework assignments yet.

One funny story: Nathan sometimes gets distracted and doesn’t look people in the eyes when they’re talking. This is something we’ve been working on with him. When he came home from school Monday, he said “Mom, I looked Mrs Crucitti in the eyes just like you told me. And she said it was okay to look away once in awhile. I guess I was looking too much, Mom.”

It was all I could do not to burst out laughing right there. I can just picture him staring at her. Haha.

Have your kids started back to school yet?

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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. Mandy Campbell says:

    :)! I struggled with what we wanted to do and we tried homeschooling however in the end my daughter wanted to go to public school so bad! She loves it!! She started 4th grade 2 weeks ago!

    • I completely understand what you mean about struggling – it was so hard to make that decision this summer, but I feel like it’s the right one for us. I’m glad your daughter is doing well. :)

  2. I really enjoy hearing about your kids.. smile.. my “babies’ are in their 30’s now.. and even though I have grands.. I dont see them as much as I like.. It brings back memories of my kids.. a LONG time ago..

  3. Your kids sound adorable!! They look adorable too! :) I think my kids are cute even when they’re throwing fits. I’m not too phased by it. Haha.

    I had to send my 6 year old off to 1st grade today and he did really well. I like hearing about your journey as homeschooled and public schooled since my boy has already experienced both in his short school career. 😉 Being a parent is literally the hardest job on the planet — hands down!!

    I love that you’re teaching your kids about how other people live. That really is something that not a lot of people think about or even try to avoid even bringing to their attention. Bravo to you and your husband.

    • Thanks Michelle!
      And yep, I totally agree there with how hard it is to be a parent. One day at a time, right?
      I’m glad your son is doing well too.

  4. Tiffany Revels-Cruz says:

    Jas started Kindergarten a few weeks back. She’s loving it. Seems like Nathan likes going to school too.

  5. I don’t think I could homeschool. I have chronic pain. One day I maybe fine, but the next I may not be. I still get the kids to school, but when I come home, Ethan & I may take a nap after lunch or before lunch. My oldest, Ashleigh, has a neurological disease & she needs the public school program. They can teach her better than I can plus she needs the social part of being in a public school. Ashleigh also has chronic pain. Some days are bad, but some are good.

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