It’s a big day around here, which will explain my absence in blogland this week. I “officially” have a high school Freshman today!
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Today is the first time since Kindergarten where I am releasing my child to be educated by others. It’s a big step. For us both.
It’s not that we have felt others couldn’t teach our children, it’s more that we fell into a way of education that felt right for those years between 1st and 8th grades. But, the time for change and help came around winter of last year. We could sense a need to fill that wasn’t there before.
We have always said that we would take this homeschool journey one year at a time and consider the needs of each child individually. At this stage, for this child, it was time to explore other options. She will begin a hybrid type education today. There will be campus days and home days. There will be dances, plays, and time to be with peers.
And, the next four years will be rigorous. She hasn’t even had her first day of school and she has already written an essay comparing/contrasting Pride and Prejudice with To Kill A Mockingbird. Her choices. She has studied for Government and completed a project for Government. She has completed 3 lessons of Algebra I, and has begun reading for her Literature class. There will be several quizzes on day 1.
I’ve merely been the assistant in helping her navigate this transition from all me to a slew of educators with new expectations. So,we’ve been busy and I’m still on the hook. I may not be teaching the classes, but I am still to be the supplement and guide ensuring that all is well.
There are butterflies this morning, but I know that this is going to be great.