If you read my last blog post “Roots and Wings - How to Let Go on the First Day of Kindergarten” (linked in profile), you know we started school on Wednesday. What you may not know is that our children attend a private school that is a balanced combination of two on-campus classroom days and three homeschool days. The school determines all the curriculum (consistent with a Classical model of education), creates all the assignments, handles all record keeping, offers extracurricular activities, sports, and more. On our homeschool days, the kids complete the daily teacher-directed assignments for each subject. I work alongside them, teaching new concepts, reinforcing what was taught in the classroom, correcting, grading and more. Their completed homeschool work is due back to the teacher on the next classroom day.
The curriculum materials are some of my favorites, including Saxon Math and Veritas Press (history), and it amazes me what the kids can learn! They begin classifying sentences in first grade, and last year my fourth grader memorized the entire historical timeline from St. Augustine in 300 AD to Henry VIII in 1500.
It is rigorous for the kids and a sacrifice and a stretching for me, but we truly love it. It is the perfect blend of the academic excellence of a private institution balanced by the nurture and the limitless love of learning fostered by the at-home environment.
I certainly have days where I wonder: “why in the world am I doing this?” Teaching three kids of varying ages at home while two little ones run underfoot is trying to say the least. But then my kindergartener looks over at me as we’re working on the sounds of “A” and says, “Mom ... I’m so glad I get to do school with you some days.” And I look through the viewfinder, and I see these moments, and it reminds me why we chose this model.
So thankful for this option; thankful for our school; thankful for these days! Feel free to comment if you have questions about this model, and I’ll do my best to answer them! 😘