April 14, 2009


This could be long.
I'm just warning you.

I am with my children 24/7. I gripe and complain about it to anyone that will listen.

But when I think about sending them to school, I get an upset stomach and I start to shake!
Although homeschooling is not my idea of fun.

I really like public school. I would be on the PTA if I thought they would let me.
I am beginning to believe that I should homeschool my kids.
I know.
I have been doing this for 5 years now. Well, except for that 1/2 year I put them in school.
You would think I would already be a believer. But I'm not. I'm public-school minded.

I like orderly lines.
I like quiet halls.
I love the smell of a sharpened pencil and the smell of the cafeteria.
I like school teachers.
I secretly want to be a school secretary.

But I also love sleeping late.
I love it that my kids can do their math and language in bed with me.
Or in their pajamas.
I enjoy being able to have their dr appointments in the morning and saying no when they ask if they need an excuse for school.
I love teaching them a new concept, seeing them struggle and then seeing the light come on. They smile at me, and say "I got it Mom!"
I like the flexibility of our schedule.
I like that they can play during the day and not be rushed to do homework, eat, and head out to a ballgame or church or a dr appointment after school.
I really like my friends that homeschool. They aren't weird like I thought they would be.

So, what do I want you to get from all this rambling?
I want you to know that if you send your kids to public school I am glad for you, proud of your decision, and you won't hear a word of opposition from me.

And if you homeschool your children, I am glad for you, proud of your decision, and would really like your help on deciding curriculum for next year, schedules for 4 kids in 3 grades, and some science know-how please!!!

I hope you are having a great week! Our testing is over and I feel a great burden lifted. I am praying for the public school teachers and students this week. I know it is a stressful time.


  1. I love your thoughts, Julie. I love how you aren't afraid to admit that there are things about both public school and homeschooling that are awesome. We are far from making that decision right now, but I enjoy reading various opinions on the subject in the meantime. Keep it up! :)

  2. I love this post Julie. I feel the same way you do. I was public-schooled, and I loved it. I homeschool my children, and I love it. To each his own, in his/her choice on how to school their child.

    I'll bring you some Sonlight stuff on Thursday. Have you looked at Apologia elementary science? It's great for teaching science grades K-6 all at one time. I will bring you my Astronomy to see too. We loved using it, and it made my life easier teaching all at once. I have always combined up until this year, where Miss M is doing most of her work independently now, but basically we are all studying the same subjects.

  3. Ditto on the Apologia!

    So glad to find out that you don't think I am weird. You are probably the first......

    I *love* you!!!!!