My oldest two kiddos are looking at charter schools for the fall. Yep, you read that correctly.
Cole will be a freshman in autumn of 2014, and Sydni will be starting middle school. They are not 100% certain yet, but they are looking, and they both asked to be pre-enrolled in The Leadership Academy of Nevada while they contemplate if it will be their final choice. I have no objection to the school – it’s meant to be rigorous and is considered a liberal arts/classical education. We love our “great books” learning model, even when we contemplate a more traditional schooling method.
My feelings are all over the place. We have been successfully homeschooling for 7 years now. We have all loved it. I am not even exaggerating when I say it changed our lives and my parenting. I found a passion and gift for teaching I didn’t even know I had. But the reality is, I always want what is best for them, and to allow them to choose the means that will help them succeed and achieve their goals. If they want to try a more traditional schooling approach, I can’t really say no. I have always told them the choice is theirs and I meant it.
I am excited for them, but there is a part of me that was hoping to homeschool all the way through. This has been such a wonderful experience…I am just not ready for it to end. LANV is a virtual charter, so I would be doing plenty of helping and teaching with them at home…but the fact is (legally) they would be public school students. I think I am grieving (a little bit) already.
I am also SUPER excited for them and thinking about what they will need/strategies to make sure they are ready (ugh, standardized testing!). Sydni will need her own computer, so I have been looking online. It’s a weird place to be, emotionally.
So there it is. My heart is a little fragile right now. However, my youngest, Zoey (9), has proclaimed she is NEVER going to stop homeschooling. “Never, Mom.”
Thanks, baby girl. I need something to hold onto for a little bit longer. ❤