I never thought I would send any of my children to public school once we left. Not because I think it is absolutely horrible, but because we have enjoyed homeschooling (for the most point). However, public school became a reality for one of our children last year and while I don’t think it is the answer to his education we wanted, it’s time for him to spread his wings and fly.
So, it’s the beginning of a new school year and I have two at home and one in public school.It’s been quite a journey. We have had some bumps and bruises along the way, but God is with us and I have learned a lot.
- You will struggle with the school’s ‘authority’.
- Be prepared for lunches – figure out a schedule for buying lunch and making lunch – give your child full authority to make their own breakfast and lunch.
- Don’t make ‘coming home’ a big deal. Have a light snack, a hug and a ‘how’s your day’ ready, but remember they’ve been around people all day. They may need some time to just decompress
- Give them chores to do after school. They may be gone all day, but they are still part of the family and need that connection.
- Bite your tongue about the ‘busy work’. Chances are, your child knows it’s busy work and if they want to be at public school, saying anything could cause heart hurt and anger.
- Incorporate a family read aloud book each month. That will help you ‘stay involved’ in their education.
- Don’t give up on your homeschool field trips. It will be tricky living by two schedules but make that effort. You don’t want your children to become bitter at one another because of missing out (on either side of the fence).
- Begin batch cooking and freezing your meals. It will take a LOT of time to do this (on one day) but if you do it, you can have several weeks’ or a month’s worth of food in the freezer and that one day of work will pay off as you have more family time.
- Establish a time (every night) to read the Bible and pray together.
- PRAY – this goes without saying, and that’s why I saved it for last.