Shah here, most of you know that last year I home schooled my children. You can check out an article featured in Mother Mag about why I made the choice to do so. http://www.mothermag.com/choosing-homeschool/
I've received many questions via Instagram about my home school experience so I'm using this space to answer a few of them! Here we go...
What was our experience like? The experience was many things! Challenging, refreshing, eye-opening, progressive & purposeful.
Challenging; because educating 2 children in two different grades with 2 different learning styles is NOT easy. My patience was tested daily & It wasn't until nearly the end of our school year that I began to finally feel an organized flow/ balance with everything.
Refreshing; because we had an opportunity to start and spend our days as we pleased without the morning hustle and bustle! Any mom with school age children knows how crazy the morning time routine can be when you're racing the clock to be on time for school.
Eye-opening; because it’s given me a greater understanding and hands on view of my children’s learning style, the areas they excel and the areas that need more attention.
Progressive; because we learned TOGETHER.
Purposeful; because we focused on character building, our faith, and strengthening our home/family life. Still working on all of the above!
Why we’re no longer homeschooling? My husband and I decided to place the children back in school when it settled in that baby number four was on the way! I’m very clear on my capacity to do things, and what I knew for sure was that homeschooling my older 2 with a new baby and a toddler was going to be waaaaaaaay too much for my sanity. Let’s be honest! When your family is growing, the entire household takes a shift and in order for us to shift smoothly, mamas plate cannot be too full. You feel me, right?
What did I learn about myself through the process? What I learned is that although I love the idea of self-educating my children, I operate better as a support rather than the lead. If or when we decide to home school again, this time I plan to join or start my own co-op group. A home school co-op is when a group of homeschooling families come together and choose a teacher that will work with the children. The parents support the teacher by incorporating the same educational structure into the home routine. This way the teacher takes the lead, organizes the curriculum and does the bulk of the educating, just the way school does but in a more intimate hands own environment.
In closing, the bright side of things is that I discovered a new Charter school that really aligns with the social & educational vision I have for my children. The school is only 3 years old, it’s a community school that welcomes, encourages and organizes involvement from the parents, so that we as a collective can keep the school in line with its mission. I love it!
The school is named “roses in concrete” after a book of Tupac poems, and it’s hands down the most culture filled elementary school in our city! As much as I'm pleased with the school so far, a piece of me felt sad & partially defeated when I decided not to home school. Simply because I had a grand plan for my life as an mother/educator, despite the challenge, I felt so empowered teaching and learning with my children daily. To be honest with you, our home school journey may not be over! We’re simply in a season of our lives where the decision to put home school to the side is best fit for now. We’ll probably complete elementary school and hop back on the home school train after that. Who knows?! Whatever it is, I'm holding on to faith and trusting our journey :)