As zealous new parents, we started our firstborn in Le Ponyville Homeschool Academy, convinced that it was the best choice for us. Since that day, so very long ago, we've run the gamut of schooling options.
Becky was heading into third grade and Josh was ready for kindergarten the year that Micah was born. Life suddenly became overwhelming and the new normal for us included doctor's visits and in-home thereapy several times weekly, with various fun things thrown in like visits to specialists and emergency surgery. Sam and I both knew that homeschooling was not going to be an option for our family any longer.
That year we enrolled the kids in a local Christian school. Unfortunately, it wasn't until after we in the midst of the year that we realized it was less of a Christian school and more of a private school for kids that weren't Catholic. (The only two private schools in the area were the Christian and the Catholic versions.) There was more snobbery than there was Bible learning. That wasn't what we were paying for.
The next year we enrolled the kids in another Christian school. One week before school was to start we had that feeling in the pit of our stomachs that clearly told us that we had done the wrong thing. Good timing, That Feeling. We lost our enrollment fees. That year, we chose cyber school, a distance learning program.
Cyber seemed the way to go, until halfway through our second year. The problems that we ran into were frustrating, and I pulled the kids at the holiday break and finished out the year homeschooling on my own.
That was the year that Micah stopped receiving at-home therapy and needed to go to preschool to continue. That was the year that Becky longed for friends. That was the year that Josh needed help with reading. His dyslexia was a roadblock that neither I nor a tutor could surpass. That fall we enrolled the kids in the local public school. Luke started kindergarten there.
There has been no turning back. We're in our fourth year and the kids love it. It took me a while to adjust to having nobody at home for the first time in ten years as a parent. I opened The Rocking Pony to fill my days.
This week, we've decided that it's time for a change again. Becky is coming home. Cyber school is getting a second lease. Our daughter is getting a second lease. The stress. The worry. The pressure. It's more than one should have to bear. We can't watch her spiral downward any longer. Her relief is immense. I'm so looking forward to days spent with just my daughter.
We have learned long ago that nothing is ever set in stone.