I didn't set out to homeschool.
It was, in fact, the furthest thing from my mind.
Luke started out in public school for the first half of the year in kindergarten. It was a terrible experience so we pulled him out and put him in private school. He excelled. He went from sounding out words to reading short chapter books by the end of kindergarten-in 4 months.
When Luke was in the second grade,
Eric was finished with college, and didn't get paid very much at his new job. We couldn't afford private school anymore
so we had to pull him out.
I homeschooled him, and it wasn't a pleasant experience
-for either of us!
The new school year came and we put him in public school for the third grade.
He did okay academically, but struggled. We thought it was really weird that he went from excelling, to not understanding his math, and being frustrated with the language arts. He had a great teacher.
She told us it might be a good idea to pull him out and homeschool. She told me they don't teach traditional math and reading in public school anymore and that is why he was struggling.
Sidebar: Common Core is not a new thing-it just has a name and is now being required.
We ended up putting him back into a christian school-and again, he excelled. He had amazing teachers who really understood his learning style, they taught to it. They loved to teach and think outside of the box. It was a wonderful experience.
He stayed in that school until the 5th grade.
Levi has always been my wall climber, run as fast as you can, jump from the highest point, mover and shaker, highly social kid.
He was in a preschool for speech delays he was experiencing. It was a great opportunity, and he excelled in this program.
However, when it was time for kindergarten it didn't go very well.
I got a call from his teacher. She was super nice and told me how much she enjoyed having Levi in her class, but he just wasn't ready for kindergarten.
If you have ever had a kid with a learning challenge in a public school, you will understand that this is nearly unheard of for a teacher to recommend taking him out of school because he is not ready.
So, I pulled him out and homeschooled him for the rest of that year, using My Father's World. We had so much fun! The home learning environment was really great for him. He could wiggle, jump, run, sing, dance AND still learn to read, write, and do his math.
But, as I said-I wasn't planning to homeschool! The private school Luke was going to offered a full day kindergarten program that we enrolled him in that fall.
He had the best kindergarten teacher at that school.
She was so amazing!!
He was always in some sort of trouble. He stood on top of tables, crawled under them, etc. but she was always so gentle, and always broke the news of that days "adventures" to me in a sweet and loving way.
Levi did learn some that year. But he was falling behind, and struggling to read.
He was participating in the speech therapy program at the public school, and we were seeing no improvement. We decided it was time to look elsewhere for speech services.
Levi was evaluated, and it was determined that he has sensory processing disorder, and later he was tested and diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder aka CAPD. We spent the rest of the school year, and summer in therapy.
Once we knew what was causing his learning delays, we were able to treat them, but he still struggled to read and do his math.
If you were to meet my son today-you would be pretty surprised to hear he has learning difficulties. He doesn't like to talk about it, and in all honesty, he will not be happy to find this in my blog :)
It is part of our families testimony, as well as his own, and one day, when he's not a teenager, he will be able to stand and testify on his own behalf.
Nick was all enrolled at the same private school as Luke and Levi. We were excited, and I found myself wondering what I was going to do all day while they were all at school. As a family, we decided we would adopt. (That is a story in and of itself and for a later date.)
Eric decided that Nick was going to go to public school kindergarten. WHAT?! No way!! Eric felt he was young, resilient, and would do well in public school. I didn't-not at all. It didn't work for Luke, or Levi, so why would it work for Nick?? Where was the logic in this?
I angrily told Eric I was going to homeschool Nick.
He was not on board with that at all! We went round and round.
I don't think he was saying it to be mean, or to discourage me, but he decided that if I was going to homeschool Nick, than I was going to homeschool Levi too.
It had gone well when Levi was home with me, and it hadn't gone as well as we had hoped when he went back to school.
I said fine-I'll homeschool both of them.
I went down and filed my intent to homeschool, and began the process of ordering materials.
It went so well with Nick and Levi, we decided to pull Luke out of school. This was actually at his request. He was really annoyed that they got to stay home for school and he prefered to join us. He left me notes some subtle, and some written across the white board...
After much prayer, and trepidation, I felt I was supposed to tackle this homeschooling thing with my whole heart,
AND with all three boys!!