Today is the first day of school here. That is right. Can you hear it? That sound? The one made up of silence? Oh, we can, and it is glorious.
All three of my cups of coffee have been consumed still warm. No one demanded a second breakfast or insisted we play Candyland before 8:04 a.m. Sure, it was a mad dash of assembling lunches and brushing teeth and finding lost shoes for about 45 minutes, but the moment the door closed, it was all worth it.
We did it y’all. We survived the summer break.
Imagine if there was no back to school. This is the question I posed to Lisa earlier this week. I think she may still be rocking in a corner somewhere cursing me for trying to ruin her back to school bliss.
See, we have lots of readers who homeschool, and we totally bow down to their awesomeness. Because, here is the thing, we could.not.do.it. We know ourselves well enough to know that we do not have the patience or the skill set to teach our children anything of value in our homes. Here is a sample schedule of our “homeschooling gig”:
8:00 a.m.: Okay, kids, let Mommy grab another cup of coffee, and we will start your algebra lesson for the day.
8:20 a.m.: You know what, I don’t know why X can’t be found either. Who really needs X anyway? Let’s do some science.
8:35 a.m.: Great. Someone go find the mop. The do-it-yourself science kit you got for your 5th birthday didn’t say anything about “contents may explode upon opening”.
9:00 a.m.: Let Mommy just go quickly check Facebook and see if we have any new followers on our blog page. Be right back. Y’all read quietly while I am gone.
11:25 a.m.: Wow. Has it been two hours already? Anyone up for a movie?
Needless to say, homeschooling would not be for us. What we lack in self-discipline, we more than make up for in self-awareness!
But, let’s imagine this scenario for a moment. Let’s pretend that your children come to high school and you MUST either homeschool them or send them to boarding school.
Obviously, homeschooling comes with its own set of challenges, but so does boarding school.
After all, boarding school is not free. And is far away from home, so your teen would suddenly have a lot more freedom. Probably the kind of freedom you were hoping to avoid until college.
Lisa and I weighed the pros and cons heavily, and we still agreed that for us we would have to go the boarding school route.
So, we want to know for you all what your choice would be?
Would you rather homeschool your children through high school or ship them off to boarding school?