Friday, March 19, 2010

Dear Family and Friends,

I was curious to know if you have finally decided to homeschool your children?  I mean after all are you not worried about them being over socialized?  Are you not concerned that they could excel academically beyond their peers in one class but be held back from learning because no one else excels?  Are you not concerned that they may be excellent readers but be held to reading at their grade level?  Are you not concerned that they are perhaps struggling in math yet are barely keeping their head above water because the other 29 students must be taught at the pace set by the standardized tests?  Afraid that they are only being taught the test in order for the school district to get its money?  Does it not concern you that they don't have time to hop down bunny trails when something strikes their fancy?
I do not ask you these questions when I speak with you so please do not ask myself or my children if they are going "back" to school.  They are back to school although they never left.... we just switched schools.  My children enjoy homeschooling most days.  I'm sure if you asked your kids or yourself  if you would not respond that traditional school was enjoyable or tolerable most days as well.  If you are concerned about my kids socialization don't be.  They have friends, they know how to talk to others, play nice etc.  We ask each year if they would like to go to traditional school.  Each year the answer is no.  Lest you forget two of our children have been to private school and know what each side is like.  Our family functions just fine with them all at home.  Is every day roses and sunshine?  NO but I bet it isn't at your house either or at school for that matter.  Am I cheating my children?  From what I ask?  Am I the best teacher in every subject?  Nope, but we were paying for our kids to have worse teachers.  I have flaws, yes but I am human as are you.
So please don't ask my children if they are going back to school in the fall or ever.  If they decide to go to traditional school you all would be the first to know.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Month in review via pictures in no particular order

Hannah earns second place with her teammates at Awana Bible Quiz

Neil and Ian at Report to State for Cub Scouts

Neil turns 7
Snow day 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wow almost a month

didn't realize it had been a month.  John has been working outside the home and I guess I don't have as much free time as  I used to.  I do have a ton of pictures to post as we had a SNOW DAY last week.  Neil turned 7, and baseball started up for both boys.  You should see the evening scramble!  Insanity.  I will try to get those pics up later.  I'm at John's computer because it has a nice big screen :)