Why we’re dropping out of home school

A couple of people have asked why we’re not home schooling any more.  We will be, a little bit — my six-year-old son will be at home for first grade, and my four-year-old daughter keeps handing me notes composed of random letters, in a pathetic plea to be taught how to read and write.

And of course we’ll keep our feral three-year-old, whom no school can hold, and the smartest baby in the world (16 months old), who is not only putting together two- and three-word sentences, she can say “Come ON!” just like Gob Bluth.  So clearly, we will be maintaining a richly educational atmosphere, even though I’m sending the oldest four off to a classroom.

I don’t know, is it too passé to say I’m burnt out?  It wasn’t the hard work that wore me out; it was the crappy job I did, and the worrying about it.  That’s what was so exhausting.  And then there was this:

(This was the first day of school last year.  We wondered why she was letting us get math done.)

We had nice times,  when the kid would have revelations about free will, or when they’d groan because it was the end of our Latin lesson.  The dining room is still decorated with the heraldic coats of arms we designed for our Medieval unit, and there were some thrilling moments in stovetop meteorology experiments.

But I was sitting here ordering the math books for the school year (yes, now.  Shut up!  It isn’t even labor day yet) and feeling nothing but weariness.  We enjoyed some of the benefits home schoolers promise:  the closeness, the leisure, the freedom, the intensity, the depth.  But really just not often enough.  We did it for six years, and I’m about ready for something different (not necessarily easier!) for a while.

If I’ve learned anything in the last twelve years (and I haven’t), it’s that you never, never know what your life will look like this time next year– so who knows?  Maybe we’ll go back to home school next year.  Or maybe the world will come to an end, and I won’t have to explain place value again.

The four oldest kids have a lovely, rural charter school to go to, and I want them to be happy and busy.  Also, a couple of them turned out to be more complicated than we thought.  And I’m not the kind of mother that it’s okay to be around all day.

I do know that all my kids have learned that reading is a wonderful way to spend your time, and that figuring out things and hearing new ideas is thrilling.  They aren’t embarrassed to talk about ideas, and they have no idea how dorky they are.  So I feel more or less okay with the start I’ve given them.

Boy, I wish I still had that gin in the photo.

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  • Heather Nations

    Are you homeschooling now? How did the kids do in school that year? I know this is an old post, but just curious how it turned out all these years later :)

    • Sharon Bruen

      I’d love to read an update, too!

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    back and she means so much to me..The girl i want to get marry
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    called her she never picked my calls,She deleted me on her
    Facebook and she changed her Facebook status from married to
    Single…when i went to her place of work she told her boss she
    never want to see me..i lost my job as a result of this cos i cant
    get myself anymore,my life was upside down and everything did
    not go smooth with my life…I tried all i could do to have her back
    to all did not work out until i met a Man when i Travel to Africa to
    execute some business have been developing some years
    back..I told him my problem and all have passed through in
    getting her back and how i lost my job…he told me he gonna
    help me…i don’t believe that in the first place.but he swore he will
    help me out and he told me the reason why my girlfriend left me
    and also told me some hidden secrets.i was amazed when i
    heard that from him..he said he will cast a spell for me and i will
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    his email; obazespiritualspelltemple@hotmail.com
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    materials needed for the spells,he said am gonna see positive
    results in the next 2 days that is Thursday…My girlfriend called
    me at exactly 12:35pm on Thursday and apologies for all she
    had done ..she said,she never knew what she’s doing and her
    sudden behavior was not intentional and she promised not to do
    that again.it was like am dreaming when i heard that from her
    and when we ended the call,i called the man and told him my
    wife just called and he said i haven’t seen anything yet… he said i will
    also get my job back in 2 days time..and when its Sunday,they
    called me at my place of work that i should resume work on
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    spent at home without working..My life is back into shape,i have
    my girlfriend back and we are happily married now with kids and
    i have my job back too,This man is really powerful..if we have up
    to 20 people like him in the world,the world would have been a
    better place..he has also helped many of my friends to solve
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