I realized a few days ago that I hadn’t explained to some of you my decision to homeschool the girls this year. The reasons were wide and complicated… Our family upheaval was a big part of the decision… The girls are doing better than I expected with all the changes, first we lived with Grandma D for the summer, and now we are living with Grandma H until our house sells. Basically, here is how the decision started out, my parents were on a mission in Uganda Africa. They were not to return home until early September, but school down here is year round and started July 25th. School in Logan, where Grandma D lives, started August 23 this year. So, either I drive my kids 90 min each day to attend school near Grandma H’s house, spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars, or I needed to let my kids start school in Logan. At least, I thought that was my only option. I was very worried about the girls transferring so often in the school year. First of all, if I did start them in Logan, they would be at least a month behind by the time we transferred down to Grandma H’s house. I couldn’t afford the time to drive them down or the funds to spend on the gas, so I was afraid we would start a brand new school (hard in itself), then transfer once when we moved from Grandma D’s to Grandma H’s, then again whenever we are able to sell our house and buy one of our own again.
Why not just stay in Logan you ask? That was never a good option. Dave had to rise at 4:30 every day, just so he could get down to work in SLC on time. Then he would drive all the way home at the end of the day, getting there about 5 or 5:30, and having to go to bed by 8 so he could rise again and feel somewhat rested the next day. It was a tough summer. We saw him for about 3 hours a day, and he was always so tired that he didn’t feel like doing much half the time.
So, one day, Sariah posted something about her kids starting school and I took over the comments section and ranted about my school decision problem. I didn’t know what to do with them. Timber however, had a great idea that she just simply put down “why not homeschool this year’. At first, I was like, NO WAY! I thought I would kill my kids or they would kill me or something. But, as I looked into it, I found (thanks again to Timber) an online public charter school. They sent me a computer, books, and they do all the lesson plans and teaching online. The girls watch “live lessons” once a week and I help them understand the concepts when they have trouble. Is it a perfect solution for all of us, not by a long shot, but for now, it is working. We are learning, the girls are adjusting (even if Michelle keeps begging to go back to regular school), and we aren’t going to have to transfer over and over again. School moved with us, and that is a good thing.