The end of October 2015 was a transition for our homeschooling family. Circumstances change and we change with it. For our homeschool, it meant my daughter attending a brick and mortar school. This time, it would be a very small, private, Christian school.
While I am not a devout Christian, I do have my faith. I know religion can be a “hot topic” with a lot of people. While I’m of the Protestant faith, the school we chose didn’t come off “preachy”.
My daughter has Bible classes, memorizes a verse every week and attends Chapel on Friday. I was teaching her Bible in our homeschool and this new approach was fine by me. She is surrounded by positive teachers and it’s definitely not like the Catholic schools of decades past, walking around with rulers, waiting to slap at a child’s hands.
The Christmas program included traditional Christmas songs; not “holiday” songs. Merry Christmas was said without reservation. My daughter still sings parts of those songs she recently learned, even though Christmas is over for this year.
The lil miss frequently hums, “Amazing Grace”, while setting the dinner table. I find these new qualities comforting. I like that she is comfortable enough to express herself.
On our drive to school, she recounted the story of Noah and the Flood, as she was observing all the standing water on the farms that we were passing.
One night, my daughter threw me for a bit of a curve ball on our commute home. She watched a car cut me off. I did utter some not-s0-nice words when it happened. As we passed the offending car, she looked out her window at the driver (who couldn’t see her) and said, “even though you have sinned, God will still forgive you”.
WOW! I felt a bit guilty at my response to the other driver when my daughter was showing her grace.
For me personally, I believe this was a sign for my daughter to be attending this school. It’s brought a peace and calm to our lives; for which I am grateful.
I think homeschooling is a great option (one of the best) and wish I had the opportunity to do so again, this private school, really is the next-best thing. I pray the public school system one day is overhauled, common-core is banished, being “PC” becomes a memory, saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning returns to the classroom and children are reunited with learning.