Originally Posted by Lillian J
You have great ideas for how you're going to spend time, but do, do, do make sure you allow for decompression/deschooling time.
Yes, I was just reading about that. I think it's a great idea, and it will be especially good timing too! Their last day will be the day before everyone gets out for winter break, my sister is due with her first on Jan 2nd, Sydney's birthday is Jan 3rd.... and we'll just be hanging out, maybe going to a teacher's store and getting some supplies for the room I want to set up....we'll be busy but still decompressing.
|As for how to approach the subject with you children, I was out on a walk in the country with my son one afternoon when I said to him, "I just found out that you don't actually need to go to school - we can do it at home." His whole face lit up - "You mean you could be my teacher?" He was thrilled. And that's what I intended at the time - to be his teacher - but it turned out that he really turned out to be his own best teacher. Sounds like yours have probably had it with school - they'll probably be thrilled too, as long as you can assure them that there will be other homeschoolers to get together with, lots of fun things to see and do, and that they can still get together with school friends when school is not in session. Lillian
OMGosh....I have to tell you this.
So I cleared off the dinner stuff from the kitchen table and had them all sit down. I said, "So what if I told you guys that you didn't have to go to school anymore?" Their eyes lit up and they screamed at the top of their lungs....LOL I said, "What if you didn't have to get up at 7am and hear me yell at you guys to get your shoes and socks on, get your jackets on, get your glove and hat on, get your teeth brushed and what if we could relax in the morning and eat our breakfast without having to worry about missing the school bus." Dakota, my oldest, burst out and said, "FINALLY!!!!!!!" I swear I thought the kid was going to cry! They were all very excited and relieved. I was relieved. Everything just felt more calm. They hugged me more times tonight than they have in a week....lol
Dakota also confided in me tonight that the school has been having weekly assemblies. The teacher picks out 5 kids per week that have been "kind." Each kid gets a free bagel slip (bagel day is Fridays). Dakota says, "Mom, I was very kind but maybe I'm just a bad kid because the teacher hasn't called my name yet. I don't think she likes me." I soooooo felt sad for him and reassured him that he's the KINDEST kid I know and that the teacher can only call 5 kids per week and she just hasn't called him yet....but that she would! I mean...what do you say to a 7 year old when he's upset that he doesn't think he's special?
Anyway, I told the kids that they would still be required to learn things but that we would take our time and not stress about it. They were so happy! Sydney mentioned that she would miss her friends. She's very social and has many friends at school. I told her that since her birthday is coming up that she could invite them all to a party. I'll get the numbers of her "bestest friends" and get together with the moms to arrange playdates. I don't thnk the boys care much...lol
Thanks again ladies. I really would still be on the fence here if it weren't for your excellent advice!
Hilmama....yes, my kids are definitely thrilled too!