School Decisions….

I’ve recently started the slow process investigating colleges for my oldest. Mostly, examining what will she need to be prepared to take entrance exams, qualify for scholarships, etc.? She’s twelve, that seems a bit ridiculous. However, I’m learning it’s not given how many factors and variables there are.  Maybe in like 12 years, I’ll write a post about college decisions, but for now, I’ll keep this one to a topic a little less novice for me: “How do I decide what primary education my children will receive?”  I often get questions about homeschooling or sometimes just comments.  They go like this:  “How do you figure out how to educate three children of different ages?” or “I could NEVER do that, I just know it is not for me!”  Yes, juggling three different age children has its challenges, and well, maybe homeschooling is not for you.  I’d like to back up away from these particular details for just a moment, because, while these are important thoughts to consider, maybe there are some big-picture items to look at first.

I spoke to our mom’s seminar today at church about schooling.  Before I did, with the help of some wise more experienced women, I prepared a list of discussion questions.  I’d like to share those with you today in hopes that it might help others navigate their schooling choice.

These questions come from a Christian perspective and do not infer any one decision is best for all families.  There is liberty in navigating your particular families needs and the season you are in.  Some families find that public school is the right choice, some private or parochial, others homeschool some or all of their children at various ages.  Some people send their children off to school with the intent of bringing them home for later years.  I’ve known some families that do just the opposite and that works great for them.   I think more important than the actual choice you make is how you arrive at that decision.  The process of getting there and considering the decision from of the angles.   School Choice Questions for Reflection and Discussion

What questions would you add to this list?


What to read after Harry Potter…

I have never been a “book worm” nor did I ever have a time I fell in love with books… however, I did always dream of having children that loved reading and books… So much so in fact that at my first baby shower I asked that instead of cards that attendees bring a copy of a favorite children’s book to start a little library for our home.  Skip ahead eleven years and two of my children are now avid readers and finished with the Harry Potter series, having LOVED them.  Mission accomplished.  Now, what?

When parenting and you find yourself traversing new waters, always surround yourself with wise people that have gone before you and ask a bazillion questions.  Enter Mrs.Xerxes. My oldest has had her as a class day tutor for two separate years.  She is an avid reader, and my daughter thinks she is the coolest adult around. (This might have something to do with the day she dedicated to her whole class to H.P. for the room full of Potterheads.) Awhile back, I started bugging her to compile a list of books for the post Harry Potter blues, and per usual, she delivered!

So, if you too are looking for what to read next, or where to point your kids for post-Harry Potter reading jump over here for the Celebrity Death Match.

You are welcome!

Ebbs, flows, and Tornadoes…

Last night I was dreaming an angel was in my room…then I heard the sweetest 6-year-old voice in the dark calling to me from the foot of my bed… This girl has been making tremendous strides in reading.  My third and final bébé I  get a front row seat to watch the magic of learning to read.  I’ve observed a few things in big milestones such as reading:

1. Fast/rapid growth in one arena requires all other personal resources shift to that arena.  Temporary regressions in other areas will likely ensue.  (Tantrums/unusual emotional outbursts, forgetting other subjects already mastered, out of the norm bed wetting)

2. Learning is rarely a straight line to be plotted in an upward & to the right direction.  At times it will look like the 3-year-old marked on the lovely graph chart planned; back and forth, up and down, and a big blob right in the middle. This chaos is real life!

3. We cannot judge progress on daily or weekly evaluations.  We MUST step back, look at the big picture, then see those crazy points charted are more like a tornado that you can see the path, not whilst you are in it, but once it’s gone.