Today was Judah and Samuel's first day of school. This year's first day of school looked much different than year's past. Before we've gotten dressed, gone outside and taken pictures, then headed back in to do school. This is the first year that we've actually packed lunches, worn shoes, and driven to school.
Like last semester, Judah and Samuel will be doing part-time homeschool/part-time Waldorf school. This year Judah will be doing a lot less homeschool than regular school. Judah will be at school four days a week and at home one and Samuel will be at school three days a school and at home two.
In the Waldorf method third grade is more teacher-oriented and directed. They do a lot of hands-on activities like cooking and baking and building, so the third graders are there four days a week. (This is what I've gathered from the boys' teacher. I'm no Waldorf expert, but she most definitely is.)
First Day of School 2011
I've agonized and agonized over whether or not to keep them in school part-time or to go back to full-time homeschooling. I've basically come to the conclusion that I always agonize about my decisions and I never really feel confident in the one that I make. What is my problem?
Deep down I trust my decisions and instincts as a mother. I've seen them at work clearly (like knowing to get Silas' speech evaluated even though our doctor told me it wasn't necessary), but then I still second guess myself. Today I'm choosing to be at peace with my decision(s). For the sake of the boys and for me.
First Day of School 2010
This year the big boys will have time with me, but they'll also spend 3 or 4 half days (they're only there for a few hours each day) with a teacher who loves them, in a small classroom where I've seen them absolutely thrive. I have three mornings a week to spend with Silas and Finley. We'll have time for Silas' speech class, Finley's ballet class (!!!), and lots of time for "preschool" activities- playing with playdough, arts and crafts, reading and playing. When I'm homeschooling the big boys the most I can do with the little ones is keep them occupied and out of trouble. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I'm excited to have time to focus on my two sweet little ones.
And, today? Today is a good day. Happy First Day of School, Judah and Samuel! I love you both so much and am SO proud of you!