It seems crazy to me that I’m already thinking about school for my boys. No! This can’t be right! They were just born, they’re not ready for desks and worksheets! But yeah, I guess this is something I need to be deciding with my husband.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had some long talks and deep thoughts about the boys’ schooling future. In fact, we talked about it waaaaaay back in Podcast Episode #14: Catching Up Is Fun To Do and last year around this time when we were dealing with some developmental concerns with Miles. I know Jamie has been thinking about this subject too (Haha, “subject”, in a school post…See what I did there?) so I know we need to record another podcast episode about this.
I’ve been very firmly in the homeschooling camp, solidly on the private school team, and even sang the praises of a public school education. Suffice it to say, I’m undecided and so is my husband.
Here are the facts: Our oldest, Miles, is 3.5 so he will have his 4th birthday at the end of July. Along with having to decide about where he will go to school, we also need to think about when he will go to school. He is in that ambiguous birthday season, where he could go to Kindergarten one month after he turns 5 or the next year when he turns 6. It seems everyone has an opinion about when parents should enroll their summer birthday babies and even moreso if those babes are boys.
Here are some of the things I’m thinking about when it comes to where our boys will go to school, in no particular order:
- I’m really going to miss the flexibility that our schedules currently have if the boys go to private or public school. My husband’s schedule is flexible but because he is a minister, he has to be home on the weekends. Most of our traveling is done during the week.
- I like the idea of them having one-on-one attention in a homeschool or private school setting.
- I want to go on awesome little day trips and do home science experiments and create our own lessons…But am I capable of doing that?
- If we homeschool the boys from preschool up until high school and then send them to high school, will it be worth it?
- I’m pretty sure my kids won’t end up being weirdos just because they are homeschooled…Some kids are weird and odd no matter where they go to school, right? I mean, look at their mom!
- Participating in school sports isn’t important to our family. Sports and play are great, but I don’t think we expect our kids to get athletic scholarships.
- Am I disciplined or creative enough to homeschool? I have my moments, but every day, all the time? Yikes.
- We would be including Bible in our curriculum if we homeschool and if we choose public school it will be the local small Christian school (our family gets a discount because of my husband’s church position). No, we don’t wear floor-length dresses.
- What if we choose homeschool and I mess up horribly?
- What if I choose private school and it’s awful?
- What if we choose public school and it’s horrible?
- What if we make the wrong decision??
For some reason, I think I’ve tricked myself into thinking that once we decide for Preschool/Kindergarten, that’s it, that’s the choice we have to stick with forever. I know that’s not the case, I guess I just want to make the right decision from the start.
This is making my head hurt, so it’s time for you to chime in…
How did you (or how are you) making these decisions for your family? Was it a major decision for you and your spouse or did you always know what would do? Have you changed your mind? What are you doing for your kids’ schooling?