So... I have been pretty stressed about Jonny this last month. I am talking losing sleep, constant worrying kind of stress. I hesitate to put anything on the blog about this, because I feel like nobody truly understands the whole situation, and people are quick to judge and tell your what you should be doing. Anyways, I mentioned in a previous post that I made the decision to let Jonny take kindergarten again this year. He attended the first half of kindergarten in Virginia Beach, and when we moved to Texas he was supposed to transition into a full day program. I didn't feel like he was ready for full-day, and decided that because his birthday is days away from the cut off, he might do better being the oldest instead of the youngest in his grade.
So this summer, I was getting ready for Jonny and myself ready for him to start kindergarten. I was kind of bummer out about the mandatory attendance laws in Texas. They send you to court if your student misses school... crazy. I also found out Oly had a different school schedule than Jonny, and some of the trips we wanted to go on would not be happening. I then remembered that kindergarten was not mandatory, and started to play with the idea of possibly homeschooling Jonny this year. I met a lot of really cool people in the DC area that homeschool their kids, and the idea became even more appealing to me. I was still not 100% convinced that homeschooling was the right thing for us, though. We arrived in Texas, and school started without us. I decided to try homeschooling for a couple of weeks, and reevaluate my decision.
I got a lot of feedback about this decision from friends and family, some positive and others negative. I decided to go ahead and try it, regardless, and I have to say I am am quite a fan of homeschooling. Oly would wake up early with Jonny, and for about 45 minutes each morning they would study math together. (It is both of their favorite subject.) Later, we would spend about 1 1/2 on reading and writing. I liked it because at about 11 o'clock, he would be done with school. The rest of his day was open to explore and play. I knew that in a classroom of 20 students he would not be receiving one on one attention, with a curriculum catered to his needs.
The only down side to the homeschooling situation, for us was the social aspect. All of his friends were in public school, and he felt out of place. He noticed that he was usually the oldest kid wherever we went, and it bothered him. This is the main reason that I decided to enroll him in school. I wanted him to play with kids his own age, and be able to take Sophia to preschool aged activities with her friends. It was a really hard decision for me to make. He has been in school for about two weeks now, and he is having a great time. I still work with him when he gets home, and I think it is the best thing for him. Here is a picture I took of him on his first day...