The year so far has seen some really big changes in our lives:
1. My kids all in the same school for the first time ever.
2. Russell changing careers and now working from home.
3. Rachel entering the teens and Faith the tweens.
4. My mid life milestone and those ramifications.
But the latest development has been the swiftest and most radical change to date.
Bringing Faith home, to school her,is by far the most monumental decision I think I have ever made in the short space of her young life.
Faith is an unusual child but quite capable of mainstream schooling. She is highly focussed, extremely academic and loves to learn. She is ambitious and structured and there is no reason to take her out of formal education except for the fact that I do believe I can do it better at home and with far less stress on us both.
Right now, the class environment she is in is simply not the most condusive to happy learning. There are various factors that lead me to believe she is bored, unstimulated and frustrated. To bring her home is an obvious OBVIOUS choice.
Of course, even though this has been quick, you must know it has been seriously ruminating in my mind for about 8 months, however its been hidden in my heart for close to 10 years.
I do believe that there are better ways to educate our kids than by doing what we have been doing for hundreds of years. I have seen real changes in education and the way kids learn but not enough to make me stand behind the Institution of Formal Schooling without question.
The most popular question to date (apart from the WHY?) is how do I know that what I am teaching them is the 'right thing' to teach them.
Hello? Who do you think sets the curriculum for your kids education? Why do you think 'that person' is more competent than you are to decide what your kids should learn?
Just chew on that for a little while.
I did NOT take Faith out of school :
because she is not coping academically. Fact, she is a good 6 months ahead of her peers.
because she has troubled social relationships. Fact, she is a very popular member of her class.
because I want to school her with my beliefs. Fact, she is in a wonderful Christ-centred school.
because I want to only teach her what she wants to learn. Fact, she will be learning far more than she is currently, across a wider range of subjects.
because I don't want to get up in winter. Fact, I still have the other two in regular school.
What I do NOT know right now:
How long I will homeschool her.
If I will bring her siblings home eventually too.
How the next 6 months will look.
What I DO know right now:
Amazing people have fallen into my life
Incredible resources have fallen into my lap
My family is supportive and excited for us
Friends are supportive of us
I am not one of the 'norm' homeschool types and am prepared to draw outside the lines and possibly rattle some cages in the future.
Faith will go to school for her last 'official' day on Friday. And next week our journey begins. And what would a new journey be without a blog to chronicle it hey?
I will have a public blog FIVE TRIBE GO HOME which will follow our trials and errors, ups and down and all the exciting bits in between. Maybe I will see you there? ;-)