Monday, July 26, 2010

The Great Debate!

Okay, so, yeah. We have been hemming and hawing over homeschooling our little bundle of ADHD (not really...the ADHD part, not the hemming or hawing..).

And for a long time, I was super gung-ho, ya know? But then I make the mistake of talking to people (shame on me, opening my big, fat trap), and I start wondering if I am doing the best thing for my kid.

So, I start doing the whole pros and cons thing, and the list of pros with school boil down to one thing: the great social network.

Because, honestly, what better teacher could Josh have than his own mommy? I have math books, reading books, science books, finger paints, chalk, a very large ruler, everything I could possibly need to educate my young offspring (plus, wonder of wonders, he actually listens to me), but I don't have a bunch of little kids I can pull out of a file on a whim when I feel like he needs some socialization.

I almost went home from church yesterday, because I was so tired...but I decided to stay...I felt the "prompting" if you will. AND LO! I sat down next to a kindergarten teacher in Relief Society. Coincidence? I think not....

I took it as a sign, and went slobbering up to Jeremy after church, raving and ranting, "IT'S A SIGN!!"

He just looked at me with half-opened eyes and blinked. "Yeah, of what?"

I stopped mid-slobber stream.

"Uh...I don't know. I'll get back to you on that."

What happened in relief society went like this:

I sat down by myself in the corner (I feel safer in corners, which seems counter intuitive, but if you think about it, there is only the possibility of ONE person sitting next to you instead of two...). Up bounced a young thing, and plopped herself down one seat away from me.

She looked excited and exclaimed, "Hey! You are the new person, right??"

I confirmed her suspicion, and she went on.

"Come sit next to me!" She indicated the seat next to her, and I complied. Goodbye wall...

"And you have a kid who is going into kindergarten this year."

I felt like everyone was staring at me.

"Well, I don't think he will be going to school this year..."

"Really? Because I thought I had heard something like that...Well, anyway, my name is Mrs. X," she giggled. "I'm the kindergarten teacher!"

I then, for some stupid reason, had to explain to her what the story was. I felt like I was betraying all of humankind by admitting that I was going to homeschool to a school teacher. I don't know why I am so defensive...

I explained that I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do yet, and she said this:

"Well, if you homeschool, I would stick him in a playgroup, so he can socialize." No "OH MY GOSH! BURN, YOU HORRIBLE MOTHER!! YOU ARE SINGLE-HANDEDLY SUPPLYING THE WORLD WITH WEIRDIES!!!" like I was expecting.

I then asked her a bunch of questions, and after that, chewed on it for a while.

I then proceeded to freak out for about 4 hours (starting with the episode with Jeremy). I really think I needed a nap.

I THEN came to the conclusion, that yes, indeedy, I could provide the best education for my kids. And, by golly, there is a reason they have basketball, soccer, baseball, and karate classes(though I am not sure I will introduce my son into a world where whacking people with his hands is okay) for his age group. And they have them all fall and winter.

Sounds like a plan.

You know that scripture that talks about being "tossed to and fro" with all the ideas that blow around? Yeah, that's me. So, was it a sign?? Well, a sure sign that I seriously need to stop caring what other people think.


Trillium said...

Did you feel JOY at this conclusion? If you aren't sure if you felt joy, you should tell Heavenly Father what you have decided and ask Him if it is according to His will, and to let you know with a feeling of JOY if it IS right.

Anonymous said...

Yes! :D

Katscratchme said...

I'm glad the Kindergarten teacher was so sweet about it. It's awesome that homeschooling is so accepted in Utah. :)

Tina said...

Wow!! I'm amazed by you! I don't think I have the patience or energy or brains to home school. I hope everything goes great!!

Rebecca said...

the nice thing is that you were homeschooled... you know what to expect.

I was always jealous that you were homeschooled and I wasn't... :)

Chris said...

Dude, I am so glad that I was NOT homeschooled, because home-schoolers ARE weirdies! I think that school is good for kids to socialize; plus, it gives the mom a break. If it turns out that the school blows, you can try charter schools, or supplement the learning yourself. I mean, you are paying for public school even if you don't use it, so you might as well use it. Ultimately, it really is the student who makes the most of it, and then the parent who supports and/or supplants the education. Homeschoolers "Booooooo", Public Education "YAAAAAY!!!"

Savannah Weech said...

I have to say, I want to homeschool my kids, so I say go for it! Like you said, there are play groups and soccer, and ballet and dance and other things you can have your kid do to learn social interaction. I think it's AWESOME! In fact, when I have my kids I'm gonna come to you for tutoring on how to tutor!

ovendess- a dutchess of the oven. Oh, what tasty things must come from her!

Anonymous said...

I suppose I ought to clarify...I meant, "Yes!" as in, I agree with you, Mom! We haven't quite figured everything out yet...

Melanie Ann Millett said...

I didn't think you ever cared what people think. On another note, there is a private school in AF called American Heritage School that is like a Christian school or something. Is it terrible that I actually thought that wasn't a bad idea for my future 5 year old?

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