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What a Difference a Day Makes

Well, I have a new student.

Just on Thursday I posted about how three of our four children attend public school and how we believed for that to be the best situation for them. In a matter of only one day, that all changed for our youngest daughter. As mentioned in that post, Brynne has a difficult situation. She just turned 5 so is the youngest in her kindergarten class. But, she is doing at least first grade work so was very bored with kindergarten. Then she started crying everyday not wanting to be away from home. We thought the school had come up with some solutions to help. But as it turns out those solutions are either no longer available or not appropriate. So we made the very difficult decision to pull her out of public school and begin homeschooling her as a 1st grader. That all starts today.

I have mixed feelings about it, especially since I absolutely adore her kindergarten teacher (our Eli had her last year.) I am teary thinking about it. And Brynne did cry last night because she will miss her.

But, this is what is best, we believe.

That does have me scrambling, though. I have been homeschooling a 13 year old boy. Now I have a 5 year old girl to add to the mix. Talk about two completely different students with two completely different needs.

Rick says we have quite a social experiment going on: We have a high school girl in public school, a middle school boy being homeschooled, an elementary aged boy in public school and an elementary aged girl being homeschooled. I almost feel like we are rolling the dice ... which one will end up normal.

Well, I have lots to do today. So, I'm off. I'll be introducing my latest student soon.


  1. I popped over here to visit after your thoughtful recommendation of books to me. Wow! There are so many exciting things going on at your house! I don't think you're rolling the dice at all - they'll ALL be their own version of normal. What is normal anyway? I was just telling my daughter the other day that other people seem weird only because their weird is different than OUR weird.

    We start studying Ancient Rome in about a month or so - I'll be sure to check out some of Dawson's projects.



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