A few months ago, my husband and I decided to make some changes for our sons’ educations. I wrote a whole post about it here. We are now two and a half months into our new routine and I thought I’d show how things are going.
Our younger son is now attending an elementary school in our district and is part of the gifted program. It has been so much fun watching him grow! He has a male teacher for the first time and loves it. The program is definitely more challenging and he has had to put forth more effort. Our son has mentioned that he misses his old school and his friends, but he’s making new buddies and is generally happy.
Our oldest son is attending a virtual academy through k12.com. I am his head learning coach and help him work through the lessons assigned by his teacher. We use textbooks, workbooks, online tools and other fun materials to learn everything. I’m finding the curriculum fun and age-appropriate. It’s challenging and hands-on. I love it most days. Haha! I think we have both grown through these two months. I’ve seen his stamina for reading and writing grow. He is working at a higher level and pushing himself because of the high expectations. I’m seeing his anxiety and OCD tendencies decreasing. He, too, misses his old school and his friends. He asks to go back to a traditional school every once in a while, mostly when I’m asking him to do work that he doesn’t want to do.
Keeping it all going
Adam and I are working well together to make this new schedule work. I am determined to keep Sigh of Relief Organizing going while taking care of my boys and homeschooling. This means that Adam is schooling on Tuesday mornings while I attend meetings and is coming home early a few evenings a week so that I can get a few hours in with my clients. And weekends are also divided up into Mom work time along with Dad’s training time and relaxing as a family. It’s a lot of work, but we’re both happy to do what’s best for our kids. We are also dividing tasks to maintain the house while juggling work and kids.
As for me, the Mom/teacher/business owner, there are days when my to-do list is long and my patience is short. I have definitely had to put my time management skills to use. I have to be intentional with my time to accomplish everything at home and grow my business. There are times during the I struggle to stay gentle with him when he frustrated or acting irrational.
Luckily, I have a great coffee maker and have added some little treats/goals to my day to carve time for myself. Self-care is a challenge to fit in when I need to be with one or both of my kids all day, everyday! But I have found a few different ways to help myself feel more like myself and not just a mama. I have been using DuoLingo to practice French and learn Spanish. I use an app of my phone called YouVersion to read the Bible daily. I always have a great novel going that I can read throughout the day or in the evening before bed. I workout with a personal trainer twice a week and try to get to the gym at least four times. And finally, I have been relaxing in the bathtub a few times a week to decompress after a long day.
We do not know what we will be doing for the next school year. Perhaps both of our boys will continue what they are doing now. Maybe they will both be homeschooled, maybe they’ll both be back at their previous school. Maybe we’ll find another great option. It’s all up in the air! But we agreed to take it one year at a time and do what’s best for our family.
How is your school year going? Are you happy with the choices you have made? Have you ever considered that there are other options if your child isn’t thriving?