Our always-homeschooled DD is going to school this fall!
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|Mon, 08-06-2012 - 9:21pm|
This should be interesting!
A few weeks ago, we were driving from an errand, and meandered along a different way, just to look at the pretty houses, and found ourselves right where the local elementary is. Something grabbed me about it, this time, that never did before. My DD must have had the same feeling, because just as I was warring with myself over whether to follow the irrational urge to swing down the road leading to the school just for a look-see, she said, "Mama, could we go look?!" with something in her voice that made me go, "Oh, we are both getting the same message!"
So of course we did, and my heart sort of jumped when I saw the building, but in a good way. Again, something strange going on here. The door was braced wide open...so following these strange urges I never felt before, we decided to be spontaneous and just get out of the car and follow our noses, open to whatever came next.
What came next was the Very Nice Vice Principal greeting us from the adjacent office, a quick introduction, and a spontaneous tour of the school, given by her. We left with the enrollment packet and the assurance that we could enroll her with complete flexibility: she could come full time or part time (even as little as just for the music or art class once a week) and do the rest still homeschooled, and we could change our minds and alter the plan as needed.
She was so excited she was jumping up and down. Of course, she has never been, so she has only a romanticized view of school life, but she said, and I agree with her, that she just needs to have this experience, for better or worse. She needs and wants new horizons and challenges, and greater understanding of the everyday life of the majority of the kids she knows, such as the neighbor kids she hangs out with after they are out of school, or during the summer.
We never did "school at home" style homeschooling, but were much more organic and loose, so I got her some Test Prep workbooks so her assessment in a couple of days won't be the first time she's ever bubbled in a multiple choice answer. But we're off, and we'll see where it goes, keeping an open mind!