Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Finally, a Noteworthy Nudge! ;)

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. -Matthew 10:27

It's been awhile since I've felt even the slightest nudge to write a post. Well, that is, until today.

I woke up way too early this morning (5am) and struggled to get back to sleep until a decent time only to wake up again at 6:30am. And that's when I felt like God whispered something to me. "You're going to have to talk to J today."

Sigh. I'd been dreading that conversation with my children's instructional supervisor with their cyber school. You see, next year, I'll be traditionally homeschooling all three of my babies who are old enough for school and I still need to let the cyber school know.

When I heard that whisper, I argued. "I don't want to do it yet." He was silent. I pretended that I didn't know he was waiting for me to agree to do what he was asking of me. "Fine. If she calls ME, then I'll talk to her about it," I decided.

The phone rang at 10:05am and our caller ID declared that it was J. Sigh. God had her call me today. Very funny...

I answered, we chatted...have I mentioned that I absolutely ADORE our IS? She's just wonderful. She goes the extra mile for our kids. She takes care of any and all concerns quickly. She's a mom just like me and she actually gets it. She gets that I want the best for my kids.

I felt the butterflies in my stomach as the conversation continued and I knew I had to do it. I jumped in with both feet and broke the news. She was sad but completely understood that we had to do what was best for our kids. And I really believe this is it.

So why, you may be asking, would I even WANT to homeschool my kids? I want them to enjoy learning, to always be searching for new information to absorb, to understand what they're being taught and not just hang onto it for a test. When they go on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" I want them to be able to say, "Why, yes I am!" Lol. Okay, not quite, but you get the idea.

I also want to know what they're learning and be able to choose what is being put in their heads. They're young and impressionable. There are things that the public school system seems to think is appropriate for their little minds, that I absolutely don't agree with.

And the busy work! My word! There is absolutely no reason it should take hours and hours and hours to do school every single day. Sometimes, almost all of those hours are spent on just one lesson in one subject! And it isn't that they just don't get it. It's the busy work. It's too many questions to "test" them on the same thing. Sigh.

And the final thing. They can't move at the pace that is right for them. I want them to be able to breeze past something that they totally get and to be able to linger on something that just isn't clicking. When we signed up for cyber school, this was doable. But not now that they've created a "finish line" so to speak.

So come the fall, Lord willing, we will embark on yet another new adventure around here! Homeschooling. :)

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