Individual education plan
In a constant reminder that education is not one-size-fits-all, we’ve entered the new year in a schooling flux. We pulled Jackson from our local elementary school and put him in a lovely little private school down the road. We kept Preston in public kindergarten. And Addison, well, he came home with me.
If you followed that, it now means I have one public, one private, and one homeschooled child. This could be the beginning of a grand educational experiment, but what it has turned out to be is exactly right for each child. Mothers, our number one job is to fret about our children, and I’ve have spent the past two years as a full-time fretter. But no more! In the mornings, when everyone scatters to the wind, I am content, knowing that each of my boys is where they need to be.
As for homeschool, well, that has been buckets of fun. I don’t know if I could do it with all my children, but doing it with one (a middle child, so often shuffled along with the herd) feels like a grand luxury. We read Greek Myths by the fire. Or pop popcorn and watch a National Geographic special on Egypt. We discover new places, like the fabulous Minneapolis Institute of Art. There are workbooks and assignments too, but ours is definitely more of an unschooling, because we still have to live life around it all, and that includes dentist appointments and the grocery store. And recess, which these days, includes grand aspirations to be the next Shaun White.
Learning at its best.