Do you know anything about the Meyers-Briggs personality types? Us ENF’s, we’re the life of the party, but sometimes (unless we have a J attached), we really struggle with carry-through! I know, you’re thinking “No, not YOU, Jema!!!”
So here it is, months & months after my last post, and I’m back. Lots of things have changed. I am now a homeschool mom AND a public school mom. My oldest two girls are back at home, mostly due to bullying issues in school — and not because the school did not address it. I plan to post on bullying in the near future, because this is a topic that has lots of rah-rah surrounding it, and VERY little in the way of practical solutions. That is because there are very few practical solutions to the issue.
Anyway (look! A squirrel!), my younger two are finishing up school today, and will begin at our local public school in the fall. I’ll also be posting soon on our experience with charter schools. Let’s just say I was underwhelmed.
As a working mom, I can’t be there all day to work with my kids on their schooling. YES I KNOW it doesn’t take all day. But it does take being there, and I’m not but for 3-4 hours in the evening and I’d rather spend that time on things other than schoolwork. So, the littles who are not self-directing are at school and the bigs who are [more] self-directing will be doing either K-12 or another online-based homeschooling curriculum. I AM WIDE OPEN FOR SUGGESTIONS for middle-school online curriculum.
And that’s us, for now. I want to revisit my educational philosophy that I posted below, now that we’re half home and half at school, but the basic thought remains the same. LIFE is our school. I’m just here to walk them through it.