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Sending Our Children to Public School
  • September 30, 2019

Yes! You’ve read it correctly! We indeed enrolled our children ( 3 of them) into a brick and mortar public school. After nearly 3 years of home education, we decided to go a different route. Teacher burn out is real so imagine being both the parent and teacher? It became overwhelming and none of us were happy about it. I was stressed, I was tired, I was annoyed. It took months for me to decide what to do and what will be best for my children. I wanted to try an online curriculum but the risk of it not working for my children wasn’t worth it on our pockets. My husband then suggested putting them into the school district. I felt defeated. I felt discouraged. Am I not enough for my children? Am I no longer needed? These questions threatened me for months. Even after deciding to re-enroll them I felt like I had lost. I already had to deal with the questions about my children’s social life, now this!? How will I tell people I no longer teach my children? So I didn’t. Only a handful of people (that’s including family) knew about our decision to re-enroll them in public school.

So, in February 2019, I took 3 of my children to our district’s schools and re-enrolled them. I know you may wonder why 3 and not all 5.? Let’s backtrack…

October 2015, I’ve had enough of the public school system. The unnecessary conferences and calls.  The car lines and bus rides. The inconvenience of the school day period! It started with my youngest. I enrolled her into a pre-k program while I taught at a school. She was only 3 at the time. I rushed her into an environment that was waiting for her to fail. She wasn’t ready for school. She couldn’t defend herself. She was labeled even though she was the brightest student in the class. What was mistaken for rebellion was fear. My then 3-year-old was terrified of her teacher. To this day, my daughter complains about the teacher. She’s 6 now, but children don’t forget their feelings toward people and yes they are very forgiving but they don’t forget. She was withdrawn from the program and I resigned from teaching to teaching her at home. A few months later, issues arise with my son and my oldest daughter. “They are bored”, said their teachers. My children were outgrowing the school. They were no longer challenged and motivated. Their grades dropped. Their attitudes toward the teachers grew. All of the calls home and notes sent, I had enough! My other two daughters were thriving but weren’t challenged enough. I took my children out and transferred my second oldest in K12. K12 provided the challenges she needed and she has been thriving ever since. The other children couldn’t qualify right away so I began to create my own curriculum. So for the next 3 years, that’s what I did. I created curriculums based on their strengths and weaknesses. It was a lot of work and I have a ton of grey hairs to show for it.

Fast forward to February 2019, 3 of my children began their brick and mortar school experience. Enrolling my 2nd and 3rd grader was easy for the most part because everyone knew us and I left with a great working relationship with the staff of their school. They were happy to have them back. I enrolled them in time to partake in State testing. My son was enrolled in his rightful grade, 3rd grade. He hated it so much because at home he was working on 4th-grade material. I encouraged him enough to where he was confident to stick it out and happened to end the school year with amazing grades! My daughter who enrolled as a 2nd grader thrived. She shared a class with many of her dance friends. My oldest, who enrolled as a 7th grader did well and didn’t complain much about the schoolwork because she was well acquainted with many of the subjects because of what I taught her at home. I was left encouraged. I felt accomplished. While they were at school, my second oldest and youngest were at home with me. Traveling back and forth to the schools was stressful and I didn’t miss that at all. I was so ready for the school year to end and they were only there for a few weeks 🙂 

Testing came and gone and the school year was complete. We transferred our children out of the traditional brick and mortar schools and enrolled them all (except the youngest) in K12. Today, we have 4 of 5 of our children in an online school. We are all still adjusting to this new way of learning, but I am so happy to have my children back at home.

So how did my children enjoy public school those few months? Hear it from their words:

R1: Public school was really fun! I miss all my friends there. And they all miss me, says my Bff next door. I learned a lot. Now that I’m back at home, my fam really annoys me sometimes. Learning with K12 is difficult and hard to understand, but I am getting better.”

R3: ” Being at home with the girls again sucks but at school, the teachers were mean and unhappy all of the time. But now, I can do all of my work at once and be done for the rest of the day.”

R4: “I miss my friends but I see them at dance class. I am happy to be home and do all of my work fast. Plus the food is better at home.”

Now, I can honestly say, when my kids were at school, my refrigerator took a break. But the food was still gone fast because, after school, they were hungry. 🙂

Today, we are wrapping up our school day. They all had their lunch and with today being the day before grocery shopping, food is low so I had to get creative! :)But K12 has made my life easier now that I don’t have to worry about a curriculum and most importantly my children’s safety and innocence. As their learning coach, I am involved in their education and have access to the teachers all week long. I am blessed to have K12 in my home because I can have my children with me. We can travel whenever we want and not have to worry about attendance because schooling can be done on the road! School supplies and materials are provided and all I have to do is store everything. K12 is a wonderful option for me and I am grateful that because I did enroll my children earlier this year; because of that decision, we were able to qualify for K12. So now, I have 4 of 5 children enrolled at a K12 school. My youngest is still too young, but soon she will join them!

I take this experience as a lesson learned. Life can through curveballs and leave you discouraged, but trust the process and process have its time. Everything that was meant to be will be.

 

 

When Homeschooling Became Our Only Option
  • April 28, 2017

Welcome to my blog!! I haven’t been very active this year and it’s for a really important reason!

I am officially homeschooling my children. I’ve been fighting this for over 10 years and circumstances has brought us to the very important choice to home school our children.

I am very appreciative of the teachers that helped make learning fun and I am quite grateful for the experiences (good and bad) that help make my decision easier. But it was very hard to remove my comfort zone… public education.

After obtaining my degree in Education, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to change lives and mold great citizens. For over a year and a half, I’ve been hearing “Be the Change” and I was certain I knew what that entails. Not until recently, I was faced with situations that can easily be taken care of at home or for that matter would have never occurred. As a mom, my first reaction is to protect my children from outside influences, to guard their “gates”. I became offended by the remarks and excuses educators gave when it came to my children. Comments like, “Your child has become very distracted and uninterested in class. Their grades are amazing but I’m feeling that their lack of interest would do more harm than good.” This comment I have been hearing all year!! I would hate that my A students would be labeled as interested and possibly an issue for future educators.

We are big on education and to know that this simple comment can make or break my children in the future wasn’t a risk I wanted to take.

Although I kept receiving calls and emails and my uninterested children, my parenting and home life was questioned but I still tried to pursue teaching. Twice I’ve attempted to pass my certification and both times was unsuccessful. I truly believe this was my way out. My husband sat down with me and he made things clear for me. He said, obviously teaching in the public school isn’t for you, this is our chance to home school our own children. Then, it clicked, to be the change, it must start at home! I cried! To make things even more emotional, the first day home after I resigned from co-teaching at a public school, my youngest walked up to me (not knowing what I was thinking about) said, “I’m important too. I need you too!”

I dropped my insecurities about failing the certification (and to me failing at life) and started my research in home schooling again.

 

Then… the questions began to fill in my head….

“Will I have the patience for this?! I mean that 5 kids at all different levels in education!!”

“Am I being selfish for wanting my time alone during the day?”

“Can I do this?!”

“I think I will give up easily! Public education will eventually become my backup plan!”

 

Then it dawned on me… Patience for MY kids?! Are you serious!? I was willing to teaching 24 kids at a time with different learning styles and levels but I can’t teach my own FIVE children?!

There’s always time for myself if I’m willing to make time! YES I can do this and I will!!! I became my biggest discouragement! I refuse to fail!

My children need me and I will do this!! So the decision was made! So my kids will be home schooled!

 

BEST DECISION EVER!!

I’m a month in at home schooling and NO it is not easy and YES it will get better!! I am constantly changing my lesson planning and even trying out higher grade levels for my children. I know how easily bored children can become so the great outdoors and trips to the library make teaching and learning fun for all of us. Right now, I’m home schooling my youngest three. The oldest girls will begin this summer!

Home schooling is convenient and we can get a lot done in a short time. Vacations can be whenever we feel like it and no one will ever be absent! I am grateful for the opportunity to teach my children and I look forward to all they will do!

Be the change starts at home! I am the change my family needed and it begins with a “yes”. Yes I am willing to do what it takes to make my children successful. Yes I am willing to give them opportunity to explore and be kids! They deserve that much!

 

Stay tuned for more home schooling updates and curriculum suggestions!!

Thanks!!

TeacherMom

 

 

What To Do Before Your Husband Comes Home….
  • February 26, 2016

Now, I can’t speak for anyone else, but my life as a homemaker has been awesome thus far and I’m enjoying every moment spent raising my children and watching them bloom into great human beings! :) But being a homemaker can also be quite overwhelming to a point where you can’t figure out why and how all of the time went. So, I decided to map out my day so I would know how my time is spent and if I’m as productive as I need to be.

During the day, I try to clean in intervals. I have 2 little ones at home until noon, so I keep them occupied with coloring books and activities so I can start my cleaning adventures (sweeping, mopping, laundry). When I have most of my cleaning completed, I attempt to change into some clothes…It is very tempting to walk around in pajamas on the days when you’re home with no reason to even check the mail. There has been plenty of times where time didn’t permit me to even shower let alone look presentable for my husband, so I make it an effort to look decent. :) Now, this may be old school to some, but history shows that men hasn’t changed and they have expectations about their homes…

But here are my top 3 things you can do before your husband comes home from work…

3. Change your clothes!!! Get out of last night’s PJ’s and look like you took care of yourself during the day. I can’t tell you how much this means to your husband when he comes home after a long day to see his wife adorned.

2. Have dinner prepared and a snack on hand when he arrives. This has been something very important for me, because having a large family, I cannot slack in the food department. Something has to be prepared when the children comes home from school as well as something for daddy. My husband usually works through lunch so his first meal will be what you serve to him when he arrives.

1. Maintain a clean home. Coming home tripping over a pile of shoes at the front door is not a good welcome, so straightening up a bit. This will also spare you an unnecessary argument because you’re upset everyone’s walking over shoes…just put them in its place during the day.

What are some of your suggestions on keeping a clean home? What are some ways you prepare for your husband’s arrival? Please share!!

 

Operation: Back to School Organization #FAIL
  • September 23, 2015

Being a mom and wife, things don’t always go the way we planned. Life happens, right?

Well, with that said, do you recall my post in August about my plans to organize my children’s clothes each school week? Well, It worked for 2 days! Yup, you read right! Not 2 weeks… TWO DAYS! I hung up my children’s clothes (Monday thru Friday) and after day 2, they didn’t like what they picked out! All of my planning went down the with the rest of my failed ideas! All of the prepping wasn’t all a bust, I lay out their clothes daily after school. They chose what they wanted to wear the next day and set it out for the next morning. No fuss, right? WRONG!!

There are still some days where my son or my 2nd oldest daughter would change their minds 15 minutes before the bus arrived. But, like an experienced mom in the attitude department, I just wake them 15 minutes earlier just in case! LOL

Life sends us curved balls all of the time, but when you know the game, it is not so bad to deal with! Well, I’m signing off! I have kids clothes to fold! LOL

 

What are some of your failed back to school ideas? We all have been there! Please share below or on my Facebook blog page https://www.facebook.com/hisproverbs1822

 

When life sends a flood, buy a boat!
  • May 18, 2015

Obviously I put my own personal spin the the popular quote by Vivian Green

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

….but you get the point, right?

Well, last week, the rains fell and left a mark in my neighborhood! We woke up Wednesday morning after a good night’s sleep. Overnight rain is the best sleep known to man, but the aftermath left us stranded. We were in at least 3 feet of rain water! Our poor little rain boots couldn’t stand the chance! We were able to get our goats into safety and we thanked the Good Lord for us having the extra chicken coop built to keep our chickens out of the water after the last flood, but we were stuck indoors most of the day. The children were able to get to school that day because the waters were bearable and the buses could get through. But after school, no one could get thru. The waters had risen and my husband found a way to buy a boat.
The kids were “boated” to our house! It sounds like a horrible and terrifying experience, but we enjoyed every moment in the flood waters! We floated along the neighbor and even jump on trampoline (Ultimate Water Trampoline was created).
I cannot speak for everyone, but I am grateful for my family because we make the most out of every situation even when the odds are against us. We are convinced and confident because we know that no weapon formed against us would prosper and even though our entire yard was a pool, we swam and floated and had a ball!
I’ve learned that you have a choice at survival and living. We chose live and have fun in everything!
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