Tuesday, December 1, 2009

School At Home

Well, today is the day. The day I make the actual decision.

I'm meeting with a Homeschool resource counselor at our local library. Recently the library was given a $3 million grant to start a resource center devoted strictly to homeschoolers. It has all the curriculum available for use in the library, or to be checked out and taken home. They have microscopes, instruments, puzzles, and all sorts of fun classroom activities that can be used. I'm pretty excited.

And plenty nervous.

The one thing I have going for me is that it's just Kindergarten. Kindergarten isn't required in the state of Illinois, so even going to Kindergarten at all is a step ahead. Maggie is thrilled with the idea of doing school at home, and I think it will suit her better given her anxiety and sensory overload issues. She is plenty smart, that's not a problem, and she is a quick learner, but I know in my heart this is what's best for her. And sometimes being a parent involves making tough choices based on what's best for our kids.

So starting at the first of the year, she'll be homeschooling with me. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

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14 comments:

LuVera said...

I know you are up to the challenge. How lucky for Maggie that her mom is sensitive to her needs!

Kirsten said...

Way to go! That is a big task to take on and what an awesome library in your neighborhood. I love and miss good libraries...sigh.

Doney Days said...

Way to go!!! Sounds like an awesome library. Good luck! I'm sure you'll keep us posted! :)

m&m'spieces said...

I am glad you know what your daughter needs. I wish all parents were as dedicated to their children as you are. I wish you all the best.

Kate said...

Wowzer! Good for you! Better you then me!! I cant wait to see how it goes!

nikkipicky said...

Good Luck! I know you'll do great. There are so many resources for homeschooling these days.

Kelli said...

I am saying right now...I couldn't do it. So, good for you! Hey, Why don't you take a field-trip out west. I am sure that would be very educational for Maggs!

grannybabs said...

Good luck. I thought Idaho was the only state that didn't do kinder.

Our district has a homeschooling support system, combined with the alternative education programs. The leader they have is a member of our ward - she does a good job too.

I'm not a fan of homeschooling, but if there are no alternatives, it's a good one. I will be interested to see how it goes.

Kelley Rae said...

Wow1 God luck with everything, and I'll have to check out the library. I also have an AWESOME curricukum book that lays it all out for you every day. We'll have to plan some field trips together!!

Laura said...

No Kindergarten really? Well you two are going to have fun! Go Keli!

Laura said...

PS I am sure you will have some fun field trips too...

Miranda said...

You are one brave gal, but you know what your lil girl needs. There are so many resources out there, too. Have fun!

LIZ said...

If you need any ideas or have any question there is a lady from my Arlington Heights ward who home schools her 3 oldest. She has tons of great ideas and I could give you her number.

Shar said...

I'm excited to see how it turns out also! Good luck!