There has been a few issues that we have had with the school the boys have attended. One of them being that the boys have had to sneak around behind teacher's backs at break time just to see each other. After being with each other everyday for homeschooling, not seeing each other for hours has been very hard for one son in particular. I have also had to speak to one of the son's teacher about making comments about what I had written in the parent/teacher communication diary in front of the whole class. My son was very embarrassed that our personal issues in the communications diary were made public.
And don't get me started on homework.....tired children who have been learning for 6 hours should be allowed to just play after school in my opinion. There is so much pressure on young children to perform well academically. The whole school run in the morning has been very stressful and I think this sets our children up from a very young age, for the rushing and frantic lifestyle that we have all become accustomed to in our country.
Taking a step back and having a look at our family's situation, having the boys in school has done a number of things:
- Reaffirmed that we as a family do want to continue homeschooling the boys.
- Brought me to the realistion that I need to look after myself and get some rest on a regular basis if I am to survive homeschooling long term.
- Confirmed my maternal instincts that one son in particular would not learn well in the traditional school environment. (The teachers have been wanting to label him as a special needs student already, which is what I predicted would happen years ago in a classroom setting. This son learns differently to other children and is not a special needs student, but an intelligent boy who will not flourish in a traditional classroom. In fact, I can already see signs of his confidence being shattered in the school setting.)
- Taught our sons some valuable lessons including sacrifice for family, (they understood that they had to go to school to allow me time to rest), controlling our thoughts when we can't control our circumstances, and that some seasons are harder than others. (Read my son's blog post on this- here.)
The traditional school classroom clashes with my husband's and my educational philosophy. There are so many things in traditional school that we don't agree with. And because we would be hard pressed to find a school that would suit our needs, we are recommencing homeschooling again. But, this time, we are setting parameters in place to ensure that I don't crash and burn again.
- The boys going to Family Day Care one day a week. (The family Day Care provider is studying Primary School Education and will also supervise school work.)
- Creating a curriculum which makes the boys more independent learners.
- Having a permanent booking for massage therapist to come weekly to our house with husband and I alternating fortnightly.
- Not overloading myself with lots of other responsibilities outside of home.
- Have cleaner continue to come fortnightly to do floors and bathrooms.
- Make time to have cups of tea with girlfriends that uplift me.
- Make time to have more baths with scented candles.
- Make more time to explore art and be creative.
So it is with great pleasure that I announce that this is our sons's last week of school and as of next week, I will take up my post as home educator again!