Friday, August 28, 2015

School Days

I'm an educator. An elementary school teacher. I have a Master's Degree in Education and seven years of experience in the classroom. I love learning and helping others learn.

As a mom, I became committed to homeschooling. There were several reasons to support our choice then, and great things can be said about homeschooling families. In fact, I am still homeschooling our middle son, but this year our oldest is going to school!

Gary pastors a church here in Northern Idaho that has a school. There is one teacher/principal and 10 students. With a new baby on the way and a church school available, we decided that our very social first born should enroll.

Jonathan is a social boy, always talking to people, always thinking of new games and directing others to play by his rules. (His brothers call this "bossy".) At the same time, Jonathan loves structure. I knew he would like recess and being around other kids, but I didn't know how he'd react to sitting in a desk and working all day!

Well, we're at the end of the first week of school and Jonathan "loves it more than anything!" He said he loves school more than going to the lake. He has a friend who is also talkative and Jonathan complains that I pick him up too early (on time) and he doesn't have time to talk to his friend after school! Jonathan loves recess, as expected, but also likes using the computer and says he's the fastest runner in the whole school!

And the rest of us at home? We like the structure that school puts on our day. The younger boys like playing without their bossy big brother, yet they're excited to go pick him up in the afternoon too.

I know it's only been a week and nothing is hard yet. But it's a huge relief to know Jonathan likes school and is motivated to be there.

How is school going for your kids?

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