I never really fulled explained, why I homeschool. So that is today’s subject, as I reflect backwards.
Our journey began, way back when Ethan was 3 and Jason was just one!! How the time has flied!
Kevin finished residency, and he started thinking about doing another 3 years getting his Master’s in Public Health. By then, Jason and Ethan were both born, and having 2 children and starting paying back student loans. on a salary of $30K, was starting to create a heavy burden.
We really wanted to give Ethan a great preschool experience, which we found, loved and cherish, and I create that for making Ethan an amazing learner. But, that was eating into our disposable income. And going to the grocery store (which was 30 minutes away) and trying to figure out if I should buy one or two bottles of milk, was getting old.
Kevin decided that if he was going to do a fellowship, he would have to moonlight (where doctor’s go to another institution to earn extra money), but by then they were discouraging fellows to moonlight, as the hour rules had just come into effect. So, as he was looking he found a group of people that he loved, he fit into and decided to take the job, in Concord.
One of the first questions that Kevin asked his partners, was were does everyone live, the answers were Concord, Bow or Hopkinton. After researching the schools (yes, we did this) we decided we could have the city life and the great schools, both in Concord.
Our first call was to enroll Ethan into Public Preschool, as it was conveniently located within a 5 minute walk. But, we were denied, as it was a Developmental Preschool, which mean that the classes were designed for Special Needs Students, and they would balance it out with regular kids, in order from them to model them.
So, we looked around at other preschools, at this time Ethan was 3 1/2 and not yet fully potty trained, so we had limited options, and choose a private preschool. We were unimpressed at this point, as it seemed that the class was not bonded, which by Christmas Ethan could not tell you one of the kids names in the class. So, for the next year, we enrolled in a fabulous private preschool, which we loved.
Ethan was now ready for kindergarten, or so I thought, he knew all of his letters, colors, shapes, numbers, he knew how to count to 100. He was eager and he was ready!! The bus picked him up at 6:40am, (not ideal), but Ethan was out there, dressed and ready. On his first day of school, he was an eager beaver, walked up to the teacher and said, “I’m ready to read,” I know he had been practice it all over the summer.
When I picked him up at 10:30 (school was 1/2 day), he was a sad child. Seems as if the teacher, told him, that he wouldn’t be learning how to read this year. But, he got to build with Lego’s, so he was happy about going the next day. The Lego building continued for about 2 weeks, he would bring home papers that he clearly already knew how to do, but it was the beginning of the year, so we figured out the teacher was starting off slow.
We then went to open house, where we got a chance to meet the teacher, signed up for being teacher’s helpers, and got the “plan” for the year. We were not impressed, but we went with the flow, and we went through thinking it would get better.
(I didn’t realize how long this was)
part 2 tomorrow!