First Day 2019

It's the first day of school!

Thank goodness for friends who give you the courage to do things you'd otherwise only threaten. When a friend posted that she'd decided to replicate the public school experience for her kids I decided to do the same.

The boys have never been to a brick and mortar school and don't realize how easy they have it. It's just human nature. I get it. But I thought it would be good to nip complaining in the bud by simulating a "real" school day.

They got up early, had to rush around getting dressed, getting breakfast, putting on shoes, grabbing backpacks and lunches. They had to "ride the bus." I followed the local school schedule. They were incredulous at how much of their time was wasted each period.

After a veryyyy long day, they were finally "home." After a yummy snack they had chores and homework to do. Exhausted? You betcha!

School is status quo for the vast majority of children in this country and they don't know any better. That's all fine and well if that's what works for them and their families, but we are so grateful to have other options.

I was surprised at how much more the boys learn at home and in such a short amount of time. One of the nagging questions most homeschoolers struggle with is "Am I doing enough?" Our kids do 2-3 hours of school a day (and sometimes not even that!!) and it's easy to think that we're missing something. But when each child can do their work without constant interruption and red tape they are able to accomplish so much more! It was a fantastic reminder for me.

Riding the bus

Also, I'd miss these guys if they were gone for so many hours for so many days. Childhood is gone in a flash as it is. I want to soak it all up - the good, the bad, the exciting, the mundane. Every day with them is a gift and I'm grateful for it!


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