I’ve been kind of quiet from blogging lately. This has partly been because I’m working like crazy but mostly because I’ve been trying to soak up every moment I can with my son. Because…
We are homeschoolers no more!!!
In July my son started talking about being lonely and missing his time at the local farm he had been going to once a week (they closed in April). We talked a lot about it and he decided he wanted to try going to school instead of being at home. There’s an amazing Montessori Charter school in town so we filled out the application, completed our visit and got the second to last spot!
It’s been a big transition for all of us. But to a certain extent I think it’s been a harder transition on me than on him. I’ve planned to homeschool for the last 5+ years and really love having my son home with me. We have so much fun together and I love being able to impulsively fly out and see my folks when there are cheap plane tickets, spend all day in the mountains and take a laid-back approach to school. However, we’ve always said that if he wanted to try school we would let him try school.
I had a big ugly cry 2 days before he started. I felt like I missed SO much of the summer being sick and wish I had known he would be starting school so I could have tried to make the most of it. It was a big lesson for me in making the most of every moment- things can always change.
Fortunately he is loving it and we are falling into a good rhythm and getting used to it. It’s 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. He just barely misses the cut off for Kindergarten so he’ll have halfday pre-K and then half day Kindergarten. Since it’s a Montessori school he is in the room with all the Kindergartners anyway.
I miss him while he’s away and he’s always excited to see me. When he sees me pull up in the carpool lane he jumps up and down and tells whoever he is next to “there’s my mommy!!” I’m using the time he’s at school to work and making the most of our time together during the day.
Our other “big” news is that we’re in the planning stages of building a tiny house!! I’ll write more on that and an AIP update soon.