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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Beginning

Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will too.. - Hope Floats

Today we embark on a new beginning. Today, Addison begins Kindergarten and James begins preschool. Today we venture out into our first day of homeschool! I've mentioned a few times that we will be homeschooling this year. Did I mention that I'm terrified? Did I mention that I'm having lots of doubts? Did I mention that I'm feeling completely unprepared?  
Well, I am all of those things.

We've done our research and we've weighed the pros and cons. I've spent plenty of nights wide awake til the wee hours of the morning pouring my heart into lesson plans and related activities. Yet still, here I am feeling unsure, but I feel that is pretty common for folks in my position.

Hubs & I have decided to homeschool for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is because of Addison's birthday. You see, here where we live (I'm not sure about other places) a child must be 5 years old by September something or other in order to start Kindergarten in August of that year. Addison misses the cut off by about 2 weeks! My girl is super smart (Yea, I know, all parents say that, but she is!) and she is so ready for school. I've worked with her a lot since she was a baby and that has really paid off. Hubs and I decided that there was no reason in the world to not homeschool her this year and let her start in Kindergarten. As homeschoolers we can proceed at our own pace and since Addison is prepared to start Kindergarten now, there is nothing holding us back.

This year will be a trial run for us. We didn't choose to homeschool forever; we've chosen to homeschool for now and then reevaluate later to decide if homeschooling is still the best option for our family. If it doesn't work out, Addison can start public school next year and still be in line with her peers as far as age and grade level go.

I feel really blessed that I have the opportunity to be at home with my children and to educate them and watch them grow. I know it won't be all roses, but I'm looking forward to this new adventure with them. Would you mind doing me a small favor though? Say a prayer for our family, please. Also, send LOTS of wine. #thankyouinadvance

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  1. You are so brave! Good luck with home schooling! I know I'd be too scared to try. I'm going to need a break by the time my little ones are school-aged.
    I'm following and can't wait to see what else your blog and school year has in store.

  2. Thank you so much! I'm scared to death and worried that I won't be able to hang in there. Once upon a time I had my heart set on "free time" while they are in school. Hopefully I will get other opportunities for breaks :)

    Thank you so much for following along. I"m heading over to your place now :)



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