..The Final Frontier… Public School? Yup. We’re here.

Types of Mom I’ve been:

A Private school mom.

A Homeschool mom.

A Charter school Mom.

A public high school Mom.

A college mom.

Soon, I’ll add “public elementary school mom” to the list.

Schooling choice is a controversial topic and an extremely personal one.  But it’s one that’s close to every mother’s heart.

Here’s the thing:  I don’t believe in any ONE right answer.  I believe in finding the right answer for the each child at the time.  I believe in changing your choice if your child’s needs change. I believe the right answer for one child in a family may not be the right answer for another child in the same family.

This isn’t easy.  And I know- it isn’t an option for every family.

For us- it would be easier to make a blanket decision and stick to it… it would be easier to make the decision ONCE and not have to re-evaluate it on an ongoing basis.  But would that really be in my child’s best interest?

I don’t think so.  But how did I get here?

I have three very different children, each with a unique set of needs and a unique personality.   I’ve watched my children bloom in the right setting and shrivel in the wrong one.

I used to think ONLY Private school could be the answer for all kids.  And then I sent my kids to private school. By experience I know it was good for some- not so good for others.  For a while I thought that HOMESCHOOL was the only answer… and then I homeschooled and found out that it isn’t ALWAYS best for EVERY child.

Now.. I’m getting ready to send my youngest to public elementary school,something I’ve never done before. Some will question WHY.  Some will wonder what took me so long. Some will doubt my choice altogether.

Here is the answer:

This is the right answer for this child at this time.  Will it be the answer for ALL TIME?  I don’t know. We’ll keep evaluating and adapting to their needs. It’s been working so far.

Things I consider in schooling choice:

How can I most glorify God in my schooling choice?

Learning styles- is this schooling choice a good fit for this child’s learning style?

Unique needs (I place equal weight on advanced needs and special needs- can this schooling option meet this child’s academic needs?)

Social needs- can this choice meet my child’s social needs?

Family needs- Can this schooling choice enhance my families growth/ intimacy?

If you’re a mom making this type of decision.. Id love to hear what you’ve decided is best for your child/ children at this time.. and how you got there! Post away in the comments!

One request:  please be respectful of another mom’s choice.. this isn’t a place to criticize anothers decision- but to share how you’ve arrived at your own.. don’t make me bring out the mom- spatula and moderate comments! 🙂

One thought on “..The Final Frontier… Public School? Yup. We’re here.

  1. olivehope says:

    I am not going through this decision right now, however I have gone through it recently. My son is blind, and I went through a period of thinking I had to homeschool, that that would be best for him. That was compounded by my rebellion of the social worker telling me that he would never be ready for kindergarten in 2008 if he didn’t enter nursery school in 2007. Yeah, telling me that went over real well 😉 Anyway, DH and talked about it, and visited the potential schools, and eventually did decide to send DS to public school for nursery school. For now, it’s been the best decision for our son. He loves school, and being an only child, it’s turned out exceptionally well for him from a social standpoint. The school he’s in is great for inclusion and meeting the child’s special needs. Once it’s time to change schools (grade six), we may need to re-evaluate whether public school is still the best choice, but for now this is what is working for us.

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