Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Not First Day of School!

Today would be the first day of kindergarten for Dinoguy if we had chosen that path. (Wasn't he a handsome baby?) I've been thinking about this "official path divergence" lately, (though we've been on our homeschooling/unschooling journey for 2 years now) and I know we've chosen the right path for our family by picking this road less traveled.

Instead of being an emotional mess about sending my kid off to spend 8 hours of his day with strangers and worrying about his physical & emotional well-being, we are excited for the museums and parks to be empty again as the school kids return to school. Instead of our daily family life being forever altered by the absence of my oldest during the daytime hours, nothing changes and life continues. Instead of introducing the idea of age segregation into his concept of appropriate friends, we continue to make and enjoy friendships with kids and adults of all ages. Instead of entrusting the bulk of his education to the state now, I retain that responsibility without fear.

I have not explained or described our journey to homeschooling and unschooling on the blog yet and think this week is an excellent time to visit that topic. So stay tuned for posts on these topics throughout the week. Today though, we will be at the Aquarium. Or maybe the Arboretum. Or we could go to the park. The possibilities are endless!


Roni said...

First: I LOVE the baby picture of Dinoguy!!! Look at all that hair!

Second: I LOVE your post!! That so perfectly explains the joy of homeschooling! We get to maintain the natural flow of our lives.

I'm looking for to your forthcoming posts. :-)

Christa said...

Yay for no school! We are enjoying the continuation of just being as well!

Chrispy said...

Fantastic post. :)

mariann and Tory said...

What a cute picture! I can't believe he is old enough for kindergarden! He has gotten so tall recently!

Rachael said...

I love your thoughts on this subject and I envy your energy.

Mel said...

We're right there with ya Mama. It is nice to just continue on with our lives.

piscesgrrl said...

I look forward to reading your thoughts about unschooling and your journey there! This time of year is bittersweet - we miss our school friends and lament that we never fit in enough playdates during summer, and yet we enjoy the return to quiet and the empty(ish) museums and parks and love that we can still picnic in the park instead of being locked up in a brick building. Glad you're enjoying your journey!


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