The current indecision? Should I put the kids in regular public school or continue to homeschool them?
Why would I even think of doing such a thing? I really love having my kids home and getting to be a part of their discovery of the joy of learning, but...capitals, please...BUT my man is working night shift and the children can not for the life of them be quiet. And I'm beginning to feel bad for my poor sweet chronically sleep deprived zombie of a husband. (Coming soon to a blog near you...the amazing cruddiness of night work.)
I have chosen Fall curriculum and have committed to teach in the homeschool co-op. I have bought the Wal-Mart sale school items as if they are going to day school. I purchased school clothes at the Goodwill half-off sale. I am firmly in one camp on Monday and just as firmly in the other camp by Friday. Soon I will look like this.
My mother always says, "Make a list." It rarely helps, but I am in such a quandary that I'll try anything at this point.
Positives of the La Kids in Public School
- Comparative silence.
- Sleep for my sweet zombie husband
- Cleaner house
- More free time for me
- Gives my kids someone else to fight
- Gives my kids accountability to other adults
- Encourages kids to get along with kids and grown ups
- Free lunch (I know-TINSTAAFL-different discussion)
- I might be able to talk E-Teen and J-Teen into sleeping at night. (What a novel concept!)
Negatives of the La Kids in Public School
- Three teachers for the little monkeys. Ten teachers for the older monkeys. (Shoot me now. Please.)
- Seminary 6:15 (4 miles), High School 7:15 (2 miles), Grade School 8:00 (2 miles), Middle School 8:45 (5 miles)
- A similar pick-up schedule
- Loss of my daytime babysitters
- Surenos and Nortenos, aka Toss every blue or red thing you own into the garbage.
- Peer pressure
- The baby will be lonely.
- I LIKE teaching them.
- Regular day school (our Montessori charter school experience) taught my younger children that there is a designated time for learning, and conversely that there is no learning during undesignated times.
- We will spend every bit as much time doing homework as we spend homeschooling.
- Much less free time for the kids
- Less extra curricular activities
- No more homeschool co-op kids
- No more homeschool co-op parents
So the nays seriously outweigh the yeas. OK, decision made. They're staying home. Except...there's my squinty-eyed husband coming down the hall having achieved four hours of cruddy sleep. OK, decision made. They're going to school. No wait. Bullies. They're staying home. But think how much how much easier it will be to keep the house clean! OK! Regular school. Lice. Arg! They are staying home. School! Homeschool! Arg!