“Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals.” (David A. Bednar)
“Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” (Bo Bennett)
Could be it be true? I’m back to blogging?
Yes, yes….it’s true. No need for excitement. I apologize for my disappearing act. So much going on and so little time to blog while dealing with life. Rest assured, I am here and I shall provide an exit blog should the time arise when I am no longer able to continue my ever-changing writing adventure.
So, as you can see, it’s time for a change. This particular reference is in regards to our homeschooling journey. After discussions with my daughter about her schooling preferences and her day and evening routines, we have made a change; hopefully for the better.
Starting on Monday, my lil miss will return to a brick and mortar school. I still maintain my beliefs on the public school system and the shambles it’s in regarding quality education. That being said, a private, Christian school has been located and appears to suit my daughter’s educational needs.
One, it’s not a public school and they don’t deal with Common Core (bonus points there). Two, they have an American flag in each classroom and say the Pledge daily. That might seem trivial to some, but it’s extremely important to this Army mom. Every school should be doing this, imo. Three, she will have religion in her class. While I am not overly religious, I find it important to have a foundation in faith; whatever that may mean to an individual. Lastly, it’s a very small school. My daughter will be the 10th child in her class. The school holds K-8, but each grade only has one classroom.
For me, there’s a personal level and mirrors homeschooling, as close as possible, in a school environment. Their goal is to teach during the day with no more than an hour’s homework per night, if at all. Responsibility and accountability and coupled with the educational pursuit.
I was impressed when I inquired about the school, how they immediately invited me to come and take a tour. I observed my daughter’s potential new class for 20 minutes and how I was able to have a private conversation with her potential new teacher. I was impressed her tuition costs the same as what I was paying a friend to watch her during the day while I worked.
Change is scary but also necessary. I have enjoyed homeschooling my daughter for the last two and a half years. We will continue her art pursuit on our own. She is nervous and excited to rejoin a brick and mortar school. If this works out well, she will stay there through eighth grade. At that point, we will see what charter schools are available. If none meet our standards, then we can revisit homeschooling again.
The lil miss will still get the opportunity to hang out with her homeschool group friends. We may not make every week’s meetup, but they have been a blessing the short time we’ve been involved with them and we’re glad to know we are still welcome to hang out when our schedule allows.
I firmly believe you cannot grow if you are not willing to change. My daughter said this morning, her new school is a new door opening in her life. How cannot I not be pleased with her acceptance of change?