This week has been an off week for us as we celebrate Christmas in Ohio with our family. It's been nice to have a break from all things school, house, and moving related. All too soon, we'll be back to the grind so a break is definitely welcome right now.
I suppose there isn't much to say on my homeschool blog when we're breaking from school, but it did occur to me that I would like to take a minute to discuss a topic that comes up every time we visit Ohio. Inevitably, I get asked the same question every time we're around family and friends. Sure, there are several inquiries into our homeschool and our lifestyle, but I suppose the question that I'm asked the most is..."When are the kids going to public school?"
I try not to take immediate offense to that because typically none is intended. However, I sometimes want to ask why they don't feel like I am doing an adequate job schooling the kids. Is there something specific they are concerned with or am I doing something completely wrong?
For a long time, my answer was always, "I only know what we're doing this year, I can't tell you what the future holds for us past that time." But my answer has since changed. My feelings on the matter have changed, too. What I want to say, but don't always, is that I never plan on sending my kids to public school. Yep, that's right, I plan to homeschool them ALL THE WAY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL!
Is it a monumental task? Yep, but so is parenting. Will it be significantly more work that what I have now? Absolutely. Will it be worth it? Undoubtedly.
Why am I some adamant to do high school homeschool style? Truthfully, my issues and concerns with public school don't end at 8th grade. In fact, my issues and concerns become greater! I know I need to prepare all of us for a job so large, but I know I can handle it. Even on the worst days of homeschooling, I know we can handle it.
I'm not exactly sure what my plan is for high school. Right now, I'm seeing that each of the boys have different homeshool learning styles and that would definitely make things a little more complicated, but I'm confident that I'm up for the task.
With all that being said...why is it that on some days fourth grade seems pretty daunting? :)