So, remember how we made the decision to put Nathan in public school last August? That was after homeschooling him through 3rd grade. Well we gave it a valiant effort this past semester, but it was NOT working.
The past couple of months have been so challenging. To put it simply, Nathan was bored, overwhelmed, and acting up. He continued to do great academically and was at the top of his class in all subjects, but social behavior was another story.
It’s been hard figuring out what we need to just work through and at what point is enough enough. That point came about 2 weeks ago when, after a lot of thought, prayer, and yes agony, Nate and I made the mutual decision to pull him and homeschool.
I was reluctant. I still am, to be honest. But I do feel like this is the move we need to make. It’s become clear to us as his parents that Nathan isn’t mature enough to handle the adjustment from homeschooling to public school at this point. And it is a huge adjustment. He went from one-on-one attention with less hours in school and more time for activities to being one of 20 kids, being gone for 8 hours a day, and more pressure on all ends with public school. It was just too much for him.
One good thing – at least we tried public school. And it’s not that we won’t ever try it again. It’s just that for right now, it’s not working.
And I also got to know the school, principal, and teachers pretty well, between all the meetings, phone calls, emails, and notes. There was no lack of trying on anyone’s part. And the principal and teacher were very understanding when we told them of our decision to homeschool.
The plan now is to homeschool for the rest of the year. I’ve bought Nathan’s 4th grade books and we’ll resume school this week. We don’t know what next year will hold. We’ve considered applying to a nearby private school, but the odds are stacked against us for that. So for now – as we’ve always done with the kids and school – we’re going to take one step at a time.
I’d really appreciate your prayers as we get back into homeschooling with all four kids at home with me again. Emily is still in kindergarten with me teaching her so that won’t be new, but having my morning taken up with homeschooling Nathan will once again make my schedule get even busier. The good thing is we’ve decided to try a different approach with some of the curriculum. Instead of the all-time-consuming A Beka for everything, we’re giving Switched on Schoolhouse a try with two subjects. This takes some of the pressure off me to do everything.
What does that mean for blogging? Well I’m being much more selective on the projects I’m taking on and I’m also focusing more on my content vs branded content. I still have my amazing review team, so we’ll continue to offer great reviews and giveaways too.
I always find myself re-evaluating things in January and well, this year is no different.