Wednesday, 11 July 2012

First day at school after homeschool

The boys school experience started off with a fantastic first day for them both. Upon arriving at the school, we waited in the reception area as a family. Then the curriculum coordinator took us all to the boy's classrooms. The teacher taking us noticed that we had 'home school' written down as our former school, and delighted in telling us that she was from Byron Bay where she had many homeschooling friends. I smiled thinking that God had given us the perfect person to begin our school experience with. She was really lovely and kind and chatty along the way, which put our whole family at ease. 

 First stop was Leader Boy Warrior's classroom. The curriculum coordinator took over the class so that we could chat to his new teacher and settle him in. When we left, a cute bossy girl was going through all of LBW's books and sorting them all out for him!

Next stop was Courageous Boy Warrior's classroom. Again we had time to chat with the new teacher and settle him in. When we left, he was up the front speaking in front of the whole class telling them about himself. He is in a smaller composite class.

My husband and I left feeling very impressed with how friendly all the staff were at school and assured that our boys would be in good care. After my husband left the school for his workplace, I sat in the car and wept. I was proud of myself for not being teary in front of the boys. But when I got in the car, the reality of it all was too much for me. This was really happening.

The principal rang me after lunch and had visited both the boys in their classrooms to see how they were going. I really appreciated this personal gesture. She said that Leader Boy Warrior had given the day a 9/10 and Courageous Boy Warrior an 8/10.

As for Fearless Boy Warrior - I was concerned that he might miss his big brothers. But actually, he has been enjoying the one on one time with me. And I have been trying to rest as much as I can. To be honest, it is a foreign concept and I am going to have to learn how to rest.

When I put Leader Boy Warrior in school (for all of 3 days) 2 years ago, I had no peace about it all. That is why I ended up pulling him out of school again after only 3 days. This time, I know it is the right timing in Him and His grace is all over it. I have such peace about the boys going to school, even though I miss them so. I feel less stressed in general.

It has taken a bit of getting used to being out of the house everyday early and I am learning as I go what we need to do as a family to do so. The boys are really independent and are responsible for packing their own lunches in the morning and getting their uniform organised the night before. The boys are, however, really tired after 3 days at school. I know that they are just getting used to the new routine and being at school. 

I love listening to the boys tell me all about what has been happening during their day and the friends they have made already. Leader Boy Warrior even has an invitation to a classmates birthday party already! I am loving giving them quality time in the afternoon, helping them with their homework, and finding out about their day. I had a moment today when we had half an hour until we had to take Leader Boy Warrior to his guitar lesson and we were out and it was raining. So we pulled in to Maccas so they could do their homework. I laughed to myself thinking how different our new season is. 

Change always feels uncomfortable, but when it is in His timing, everything seems to run smoothly. I have a sense of expectation for or whole family for this new season and can't wait to see what adventure lies around the corner.

In the meantime, I am going to work on practicing resting. It's not as easy as it sounds, when you are so used to working on full throttle! I am going to remind myself of the symbolism of the stop sign and heed it's wisdom.
One of the most curious facts I've unearthed in my research is this: For the past 2,000 years, Stop Signs, regardless of the country of origin, have always been octagonal.
Apparently, each side of this iconic 8-sided, cross-cultural symbol of hoped-for stillness, has been imbued with a secret teaching of great import:
1. Slow down
2. Pay attention
3. Look around
4. Pause
5. Look within
6. Breathe deeply
7. Appreciate
8. Move consciously
And so... the next time you see a Stop Sign, you may want to remember that you are in the act of receiving a very ancient message -- one that preceded Starbucks, Twitter, YouTube, MTV, and email by thousands of years. Mitch Ditkoff

Still taking lessons from the King,


  1. So glad that your experience this time has been a positive one, Jo. xx

    1. Thanks Jeanne. Although I am still sad I cannot homeschool, I am so glad their first week has been great for the boys. xo

  2. Homework in the afternoon at Macca's? Love it! :)
    Your first week at school sounds like a lovely transition for you all. That's wonderful.

  3. You did well to hold it together until you got out to the car!!! All the best with this new season in your life.

  4. Well done lovely Jo, you did so ALL did! You will find yourself in more of a flow as the days go I'm sure:) proud of you Mama!...and I still have car crying days and mine have been in school for years!!! It's just so hard letting them go, their little lives in the hands of someone's else...but as you put in that last beautiful post, our God knows all about that and has got them covered. So thankful...

    1. Thank you lovely! It is hard letting them go isn't it? Thankful that He has them covered xo

  5. Wow Jo I am full of admiration of our God's care. He is so very good. Your post has encouraged my faith.

    Today I found this verse and wanted to share it with you as you take this time to learn to rest.

    He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Isaiah 40:29

    1. So do not fear, for I am with you;
      do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you and help you;
      I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

    2. For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you! Isaiah 41:13

    3. His care overwhelms me too Chareen.
      Thanks for sharing the verses xo

  6. So good to hear it went so well Jo! And I'd love to hear about your "resting" soon too:)

  7. I still feel teary every few days, leaving them, when I know there are alternatives, and I know they grow up so fast. But letting go is healthy, and there are new and exciting seasons ahead! I'm so glad your transition is going well, you are an amazing mama - don't let anyone tell you otherwise! And I'm glad you are learning to rest xxxx

  8. What a lovely post, Jo!! I'm so glad school is working out well for them. The quality time after school is a huge bonus.
    Learning to rest is hard... something I'm still learning after having to give up working after my car accident.
    Thinking of you and your gorgeous Warrior boys!! xxoo

  9. Hello my beautiful Jo! it's been a long time since I blogged but on visiting your blog, I was surprised to see that I had done the opposite to what you did!.While you were putting your children back into the school system I was removing mine! haha! We have the same God, same faith, same thinking, and yet our God is working in His amazing & yet mysterious ways to suit and comfort our decisions in life even though they're opposite! I'm so glad that your children are happy and settling in. Live in His will dear friend & He will give you peace towards all you...xxoo


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