Too much going on..I’m exhausted, worn out mentally and emotionally…just exhausted.
Several of you have asked about home schooling so I’ll share my story (in case you want to read it) concerning my boys and Little Cutie.
I was a public and private school teacher. When our oldest was 5, I was teaching part time and we decided home school was the best for him. So I home schooled all three boys. We had a school room (converted two car garage), teacher desk, student desks, bulletin board, dry erase boards, centers, field trips,tests and report cards. By middle school (6th grade) they had a choice of continuing to home school or not. Once the decision was made, they had to stick to it. Son #1 (with my parent’s help) starting in 9th grade went to a small private school then public school. He hated both and said he learned so much more in home school. Son # waited until 10th grade to start public school. He, too, didn’t like it and was amazed at how much more he knew that the public school students. Son #3 attended public high school starting at 9th grade. He liked it okay but admitted it was bc he really didn’t have to work too hard. LOL.
I have home schooled Little Cutie for the past two years (preschool and Kindergarten). She started K early and I will continue this year with teaching her First grade. Like with her uncles, we have a school room and all the things I mentioned having with my sons.
When people mentioned socialization with my boys, I’d reply, “Have you met my boys?”. LOL. The same goes for Little Cutie. My boys were active in church, karate, etc as is Little Cutie and social skills have never been lacking for any of them. Truly, public/private schools are not always great for socialization. Many learn inappropriate things, language, etc. I am not anti public or private schooling. As I said, I taught in both of those sectors. I think they both have a lot to offer students. However, for me, for my family, home schooling has offered the best academics, training, and even social skills for my boys and now my granddaughter. As long as I am able and they live in our house, I will continue to home school Little Cutie. She is getting an amazing education (as did my boys). She loves home school and I enjoy teaching her. As with my tutoring students, her learning is customized for her..her learning style, her personality, etc. We have a lot of fun and use a great curriculum (which her parents pay for). Though, not for everyone, home school has been the way to go for our family and something we feel Father God has led us to do.
Speaking of which, I have totally re-organized (added bookshelves, changed out things, etc) and it’s crowded (as the back of the room is still a ‘sitting area’ and place for some of Stephen’s things), but looking good. I have loads of games (for tutoring and LC), charts, centers for LC (puppets, pretend, sand, salt, blocks,puzzles duplos, writing, listening, reading, on and on), books galore, books on tape, etc. Pretty much all I have (including the teacher’s desk, student desks, taped books, etc was given to me. Many of the games and puzzles were given to me or gotten at Goodwill. I have the BB and BB items, as well as some charts and even centers from when I home schooled the boys. People give me things I used with art, LC’s treasure box, and my tutoring students. I have been very blessed to have a ‘well stocked’ school/tutoring room. As long as Father God leads me, I will continue in tutoring and home schooling.
If you have questions, I haven’t answered, ask them. 😉