If you follow me on Pinterest or Instagram you’ve probably seen some hints of our homeschooling kick off. But wait, doesn’t Jemma attend preschool? Is Gretchen in some super school mode juggling both preschool and homeschool in the New Year? Nope. Jemma quit preschool.
Let me explain …
At first I felt somewhat guilty about my decision to withdraw Jemma from her school. She loves it. She walks in with a smile and leaves with a smile. She anticipates her school days and has grown so much in her short time in her three year old class. She has little friends and adores her teachers. But still, I felt that tug; that maybe it wasn’t what we should be doing right now. I sat down and whipped out a little pro/con list and did some soul searching to get to the bottom of why I was being tugged in that direction.
And then, I systematically made a choice to quit. It’s different than giving up, we don’t aim to do that around here. But quitting, that’s a logical decision. It’s ok to change your mind. In the fall, preschool fit well into our life. I was just coming out of my motherhood fog
(that first year with a baby and 2 year old really did a number on me), Max needed some mama time and Jemma deserved something fun that was just for her. Things are different now though. I guess that goes to show how much life can change in a few months. Seasons come and go. Sunrise, sunset, as they say.
For so many reasons, it’s best that Jemma is at home with Max and I now. Honestly, I missed her when she was away. I want to experience her learning and excitement WITH her. We need some focused time, consecutive days to really hone in on potty learning too. And, she’s still napping and breaking up the week with afternoon preschool ain’t doin’ nobody any good.
Most of all, our long term goal is to homeschool. Dominic and I want to be the primary guides in our children’s learning. We want the freedom for them to follow their passions while receiving one on one attention. It’s our hope to widen their world with a multitude of hands-on experiences and freeing up some tuition dollars and daylight hours will allow for us to begin those adventures now.
I’m sure there will be days where I feel overwhelmed with this decision, but those emotions will be fleeting. I know I’ll always cherish the days I spend with my children, even the difficult, trying ones. And the memories we make, the lessons I teach, the books we read – those will mark our days and make for a full, rich school experience.
I’m hesitantly excited for this journey to begin and as I learn how to fill this role of “homeschool mom”, I’ll be sure to share any bits of wisdom I come across. For now, want to pass on yours? Links, books, resources, other homeschool mama blogs … comment away!
So far, I’ve loved Matt Walsh’s post on why he and his family are planning to homeschool and The Busy Mom is another favorite of mine for homeschooling tips and motherhood inspiration.
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