Last year was the year of stuff happening to us. This is the year of decisions. One of the first major decisions is, of course, deciding to homeschool Jett and Carlos next school year (2011/2012).
My blood pressure no longer rises dangerously when I say it, nor do I sprint for the liquor cabinet. I’d say I’m adjusting well to the idea.
What does Rick Perry have to do with my decision? Our local school district (and most of the state) are in a budget crisis unlike nothing in the past. They are being asked to cut millions, in our case more than 100 million, from their budget. This from a state who already underfunds education. Texas general education is ranked 43rd in the nation, and special education ranks 49th. Texas only does better than Mississippi when it comes to educating our special needs population.
So add in the social dramas at school and the schedule (oh how I abhor the schedule) we are going to take a year off.
We’ve been discussing what we want our year of home education to look like, and Carlos wanted to know if we were going to have to pick up the house before or after recess. Hmmm… that’s not a bad idea.
I signed up for our local homeschooling list serve, and have been shocked at the resources out there. There are so many curriculum, instead of having to pick from a limited few, my work will be in deciding which of the many will work best for us.
And the groups… oh the groups. There are co-ops that meet. There are lessons of every type. The language options I have seen in the last two days alone are Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Spanish. Horse back riding lessons, anyone? Want to work on a working farm a few hours a week? Tinkering school?
When I described the co-op concept to Jett he balked. In his words: “I just want to be home with you and Carlos”. Yes dear, but mommy needs people. And really, so do you.
I’m getting excited (as hard as that is to believe). And it’s only for a year. I can do anything for a year, right?