the first day of . . . the next thing


Something began last Monday that’s been creeping up on me for years. Something exciting but not as much as it is totally terrifying, that signals both the end of a season and the start of one. No, I didn’t turn 30 (been there, done that) or start a new diet. I began homeschooling my daughter.

If the last time you checked Norah was three-approaching-four, that is still true. But the older she gets the scarier it gets, so I took the plunge now. I also want time to build up habits and routines and make lots and lots of mistakes. This is my trial-and-error period. (After which time I will make no more mistakes or misjudgments. Ever.) It isn’t really too soon because, in England, children begin “nursery” at three, where they receive preschool instruction. There is free nursery at least three mornings a week for children three and over. And we live in England. But homeschooling isn’t really done here and, in fact, I haven’t any friends this side of the water who are currently doing it (of which I am aware).

The Facts That I Spur Myself On With: (1) We have really agonized over this decision and feel convinced that is the best one at this time in this place for our particular family circumstances. (2) I am technically an elementary school teacher by profession. (3) My mother did it for the first seven or eight years of my own education. (4) It is a blessing to be at home with my children. I want to make the most of the time. (5) I’ve been spinning ideas around in the back of my mind, reading Charlotte Mason, having conversations with everyone who will talk to me on this subject, and praying about it for a long time . . . and nothing can be postponed forever. It’s time to leap in the deep end. So I did.

What precisely am I doing? How have I set it up? If anyone is interested in this, I’ll be posting on that tomorrow.

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14 Responses to the first day of . . . the next thing

  1. Haley says:

    Oh, I’m definitely interested! Anna will be at preschool 2 mornings a week this year, but I’m doing homeschooly things with her at home the other 3 days. I can’t wait to hear more about books/resources you’ve found helpful and about your plan moving forward.

  2. caitlinbrian says:

    You will handle this new stage with the same grace that the Lord has blessed you with in previous life phases. Norah is one lucky little student.

  3. janet Conlin says:

    Go for it! As you and Alex are the ones who know your children best. I did it with the first, but the second was started and I realized that things weren’t going as well as they had the first time.. couldn’t get over a “hump” to get to reading. Turned out that he had a boat load of learning disabilities that were best left to reading specialists, and still not a traditional school setting. He is in college now.

  4. Welcome to the world of homeschooling! I am sure you will be blessed beyond all that you could imagine!

  5. kaylakakes says:

    It’s never too early to start homeschooling. Have fun!

  6. Mert Tabbut says:

    If i could do it (broken, uneducated vessel that I am) surely you can!!!!! Look forward to hearing about your journey!!!!!

  7. Krisie says:

    Way to go Betsy! I pray blessings and joy through the journey.

  8. abby says:

    That’s awesome! You were definitely one of the best teachers I have been taught by in my “school-life,” so you’re daughters will be very blessed! -Abby (from Hope)

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