Monday, July 28, 2008

Homeschooling Here We Come!

I can't say that it has been any busier around here, same amount of house work, chores, kids, husband, dog, pig, chickens, but, I seem to have been overwhelmed and not on my computer as much. I have missed you all. It must be the heat here in the South.

Last week I went to the school Superintendent's office in our closest town to turn in my homeschool form. I was a little worried because I had heard accounts of them not being very nice to homeschoolers. But, our first visit there went great.

As soon as the lady at the desk turned around, my 5-year-old Little Buckaroo held out his hand and introduced himself. He had her wrapped immediately. Then, she saw Littlest Buckaroo's big blue eyes and melted. She was more than helpful and courteous and all my apprehension went out the window. I had heard that when it is your first year to homeschool that the superintendent might want to meet with you. It is not required by law that you do this, but I was more than willing. I am more than happy to help break down the stereotype that homeschooled children are unsocialized, weird kids. I did not have to meet with the Superintendent, he was not there and the nice lady said it was not necessary.

Now comes the hard part, I actually have to get ready to begin homeschooling Little Buckaroo. I have some various curriculum's and new school supplies, so I guess I just need to decide on the start day (which of course will be a big first day of school party). It' s the after the party stuff that has me a little scared.

Watch out Kindergarten, here we come!
The Park Wife


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Sounds fun...and scary!!

Hallie :)

pam said...

I have no doubt, you will be an awesome teacher. I am so proud of you already.

OKGardners said...

You will do fine. You are blessed with SMART kids, so that puts you ahead of game to begin with. How about that??!!

Betty in OK
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Valarie said...

Oh my goodness, how exciting!!! I don't think I could homeschool, I don't htink I have the nerves for it. :)

Anonymous said...

Yay for you! Last year was my very first year and it was a bit unreal for a bit but then we got into it. (That was only with my 6th it is onto 7th grade and pre-k this year!) It should be interesting! Just have fun with it. Do lots of stuff outside.

I have two great books that would be perfect for you. Fun with Nature Take-Along Guide and More Fun with Nature Take-Along Guide. They are published by NorthWord in Minnetonka, Minnesota. This would be even more fun with

Enjoy it! Just find out how many days you have to complete and keep track in a small date book or case someone from the state comes by to find out what is going on or something. Best of luck for a fabulous year!

I start again on August 25th!

Karen said...

I'm starting homeschooling this fall with preschool for my oldest. I'm so excited! I can't wait to read your homeschooling updates!

Bailey said...

I appreciate your love for homeschooling.

Lisa J said...

My sister in law has homeschooled her kids for about five or six years. She had taught in public schools for about 9 years before deciding to do this. She had a group she was involved in, they held many activities together, and I am sure there is much in the way of materials to be taught. You seem to be very organized, that must be half the battle right there. By the way, could we PLEASE have an update on the pig.

Anonymous said...

Good luck! We're starting homeschooling too!

Steph in AK said...

You'll do great!

It seems like just yesterday that my oldest hit kindergarten age and we were "officially" homeschooling. I didn't know how long it would last. I never considered myself a hard-core homeschooler (and still don't!) We have just taken it year to year, and always ask the kids what they want to do.

My oldest is 13 now, and 8th grade age. I also have a 10 yo and a 4 yo. They are all good kids, and not at all weird :) (I tell you that as a reassurance, not a brag, lol)