We started homeschooling yesterday. I have a unique situation where I'm homeschooling my oldest, while sending my middle child to pre-school. The morning I took my middle child to pre-school was a bit chaotic, without much explanation or instruction to us parents as to what was going on or what we were supposed to do. The lines were long and the place was crowded. I will keep it short, but not a few parents were irritated and some strong words were used by some parents to the teachers during the orientation (kids were not in the room) I didn't say anything, even though, I too, was a bit annoyed, mainly because none of the chaos seemed to bother my pre-schooler, who was just excited to be there, regardless of circumstances. Still, I couldn't help feeling like I just wanted to go home to the peace and quiet and orderly lesson plans of my home and begin my homeschooling day with my eldest (who was old enough to notice the anger and confusion of the school and in hindsight it probably re-affirmed for her that she is indeed, lucky to be homeschooled!). Sure enough, when I got home, the day was so effortless, peaceful and exciting. I loved teaching my daughter, being flexible (we decided to bake the cake first, then do the acedemics!), taking pictures, relaxing in our living room while listening to music in the background. It was indeed nice. I'm sure that not all my days will be that way, but it was nice to have such a nice beginning.
Oh, and my middle child has, indeed, been perfectly happy at pre-school the last two days. She likes riding the bus, most! I know some of the kids were upset by the confusion. I saw some tears and fear, but then again, that's probably normal even when things go smoothly.