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Thursday, January 12, 2012
1/12/2012 06:48:00 PM | Posted by ShellyO | Edit Post
Come January in Atlanta, everyone starts making their plans for the next school year. Public school? Private school? Homeschool? Decision time is upon us.
If you’d asked me back in October about our plan for the 2011-2012 school year, I would have told you that we'd almost certainly not be homeschooling again next year. It’s not that I dislike having my kids home all day. It’s not that I don’t enjoy teaching. It’s not even that I mind the constant disarray of books, papers, pencils, rulers and other school supplies that is my (rather small) home.
It’s just that homeschooling a second grader, a kindergartner, two Ugandan preschoolers and a baby is kind of… hard. And I’m not a huge fan of hard. Hard is time consuming. Hard is character shaping in a painful way. Hard makes me feel inadequate.
So I determined around mid-October that our homeschooling adventure was over. At least it would be, come May 2012.
But fortunately/unfortunately, I have a husband who is not nearly as impulsive as me. In fact, people who know Dan would likely describe him as the polar opposite of impulsive. He’s thoughtful, calculated and never, ever makes decisions in the heat of battle.
Dan pointed out that the very first semester of homeschooling five children is probably not the best time for us to decide if we should do it for the long haul. That’s akin to deciding whether or not you want to have a large family when you’re in the throes of newborn-hood and sleeplessness and utter exhaustion with your first baby. Heat of battle = bad decision making.
So Christmas break came and Dan committed to talk it over and pray it through with me. We took the entire month of December off from school and it was just enough down-time and prayer time for us to see and sense God’s clear leading in this matter: we’re called to give homeschool another good year. Or two. Or maybe more.
So homeschool again we will. Because the truth is that anything worth doing is going to be hard at some point. And when something is so painfully difficult that it shapes your character, that’s a good thing. But when something makes you feel completely inadequate and causes you to turn to Jesus, that’s fantastic.
Often, "inadequate" is a great place to be. I should know -- I'm there quite a lot.
In case you're interested, I've (finally) posted two new links on my homeschool page:
Why I Love Homeschooling My Children
Our 2011-2012 Curriculum