We have 5 awesomely intelligent, bright kids. We've done public school, private school, and home school. They are all excellent viable choices in today's world. We've done home school strictly at home (made me gag....too isolating), home schooled with a co-op, home schooled part time while taking outside classes.....pretty much covered the gamut on the home school market. When the littles came to us our son was still in public high school and our oldest daughter was part-time home schooled/taking outside classes. She actually spent her high school graduation day with us in China. I actually think we were climbing the Great Wall the day of her graduation. That or we were eating chicken feet and/or had eyeballs staring at us from our food. Can't remember.
When it came time for the girls to start school I was stumped. The older two of the littles are only a year apart and I wanted to develop some sort of criteria list for how we were going to school them, so I began to look around at the schools in our area.......not omitting homeschooling as a viable choice.
After careful consideration, for the first two years we chose complete homeschooling. Mostly because these girls came from such disruptive backgrounds and now had a new China sister, that we wanted unhindered bonding time for them and me. Homeschooling it was, and it was good.
|First day of school 2012. They are all in the same school!!|
|Field trip to Wycliffe Bible Translators learning about missionaries.|
|Me and my 2nd grade peeps gleaning corn to donate to local food banks.|
The Doc and I felt that the girls needed something they could 'own' and belong to, that they could call theirs.... something with academic excellence, sports, and friends that were a part of a bigger picture of teamwork, unity and our Christian faith.
We found a school that is the best of both worlds. For the last (almost) 4 years the girls have gone to a private accredited 'hybrid' school in our town. They go Tuesday and Thursday from 9-3 and are taught by certified teachers in a VERY structured but grace filled classroom full of the most awesome kiddos you would ever want to meet. Friday's are 'enrichment' day and they again are on campus taking classes that include Drama, American Girls, Personal Fitness, Backyard Science, Art, Creative Construction, Music.....and the list could go on and on. What then about Monday's and Wednesday's? Well, those same certified teachers send home detailed lesson plans that you the parent follow while you and your child stay at home these other two days. So, we got everything we wanted in a school. The girlies are in a private Christian accredited school.......and they are home with me two days. The great thing is that I don't have to come up with lesson plans or do any planning for that matter.....AND the girls are working at a much higher academic level than I would've required of them had they stayed home full time. After being around for 15 years, this school is a well-oiled machine. We absolutely LOVE the staff, the teachers and can't say enough about the families we have grown so very close to. They have bent over backwards to accommodate us and any special issues we have had. It is indeed a marvelous thing to know the staff and the other families have your back. Win, win, win, win, win.
|The squinkies working hard on a recent home day. Organized chaos it is!|
It is a lot of work. On our home days we work easily 6 hours or more. If you've been keeping track you will notice we work around 6 hours on Monday/Wednesday then we are all on campus Tues/Thurs/Fri...... a full time job. but it's oh so worth it. These little ladies have risen to the occasion and are thriving in such a loving caring environment. I'm not sure what the future holds, but for now we could not be more grateful and excited about how God has directed us in giving us this option for the girls educations. It's exhaustingly awesome!
|Rah, Rah, Rah!|