This isn’t a debate, this is a from my heart and our experience as a family. Many of you know we homeschooled our children for the first 2.5 years of their schooling. Recently we made the decision to put them in public school, there were many factors that played into our decision and we sit today covered in peace. About a week ago we had our first Parent/Teacher conferences. We really had no idea what to expect. Would they say what I had feared all along? “Your child is behind and has many gaps in his/her education.”
You see daily I questioned my ability, all to often I cried myself to sleep fearing that I was “messing the kids up” somehow. On the days we schooled I wondered if they were getting any of it, then on the days we didn’t school the guilt rode me to no end. Mr. Frugal and I were managing a business full-time at home and schooling the kids full-time. Stress was a common factor in most of our days sadly.
This is however what we heard and it brought me great joy.
Tyler is in Kindergarten. His teacher just smiled when I asked about his temperament. You see he is a ball of energy and I wondered if he was able to sit still and focus at all. She described him as bright, playful, sweet, and obedient.
Then we met with Cody’s teacher, he is in 2nd grade. His reading and math levels are currently 2 grades higher (doing 4th grade work) and he ASKED for more homework. He is also in a book club where they compete against other schools and are tested on their reading comprehension.
Our only daughter Haley is in 4th grade. Her teacher said she is very mature, loves to help in any capacity and always has a smile on her face. She is also advanced in reading and is very sweet and caring towards the other kids.
Then there is Travis, will you pray for us? Hahaha, just kidding but he is QUITE the character! He’ll start Kindergarten in the Fall.
Why am I sharing all of this? I know it’s not frugal related and we don’t often share about our kids but this was heavy on my heart. I know most of you are parents and I would venture to guess that many of you burden some amount of guilt about the choices you’re making in regards to your children’s education.
For my homeschooling friends, family, and readers. You ARE doing an amazing job. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. If you’re called to homeschool – you will be equipped. You may never get to sit down and actually hear this from a teacher, but trust me it is sinking in. If we were able to impart what we have in to our children, you most certainly are too. For those of you that have chosen public education, I stand with you in prayer for our children. There are certainly things our children will see/hear/experience that we wish they could be sheltered from but kids are very resilient and when fortified at home by a loving family they’ll do just fine. Our kids are thriving and yours will too.
Go in peace today, you’re doing just fine.