Monday, August 25, 2008

the verdict is in

Well for those of you following our schooling saga and waiting to hear what ss#1 will be doing for school next year (homeschool, public school, 1/2 and 1/2)... drum roll please...the answer is...he will be in public school, all day.
He will be going to 3rd grade instead of 2nd, (there is still no gifted program but they are working towards one more-so we're hoping the acceleration will help). It's a big decision, I hope its the right one. I think it is, everyone involved in the decision making thought it was the best thing for him now (prinicpals, superintendent, etc). It's hard- it feels like you a losing a year of their childhood knowing you this decision will send them off to college a year sooner? I guess I am writing this so he can look back and read and know we tried hard to do the right thing for him to weigh things out carefully. It is tough to make these kind of decisions for your child knowing this timeline decision will ultimately impact their life. I look back on my own experience skipping (it was in HS) my life would be drastically different if I hadn't done that one thing. (I wouldn't have had shelah as my freshman roommate, I wouldn't have met my husband my freshman year - although we didn't get married until 6 yrs later, I don't know if I would have majored in the same things, had the same jobs, lived where I lived- my whole life would be different) it's such a ripple effect. For me it was the right decision and I have never regretted it- I hope it will be the same for you!
I love you son- I know you'll do great! But I will miss you getting to spend more of the day with you! And years from now if things don't go just the way you wanted well hey you can look back and blame your mom for messing it all up!
1. having a plan
2. feeling peace
3. good boys

12 comments:

Becky said...

I trust that you have made the right decision for your son - have faith. I really wish I had the skills to homeschool my kids because I always hate this time of year. I want to keep them longer - the summer is never long enough...

Jenny said...

It's so hard to let go at ANY age! After all--he's YOURS (for now). You're a smart mama--he's a smart son. Of course you're making the right decision! Smart families don't jump into big decisions without thinking it through first. You're a great smart mom to your first smart son!

Smilin' sunshine said...

I hate this time of year!! I know it is best for my kids to go to school, but I HATE it! Especially now, with my kids not knowing a single living soul in the whole town!

If you didn't have such a smart family, it wouldn't be such a hard decision!!! Normal kids like mine do just fine in public school!! HA

LL said...

that boy will thrive..he's good like that! you've been blessed with SUCH great kids, I'm just glad I get to enjoy them once a week.
Now just get ss#2 doing his dung beetle dance and not only will he move up a grade, he'll be voted most talented. :)

sweetpea said...

I'm so glad Les. :) Here's to a great year!

Sabra said...

every decision causes ripples. either choice. kwim? good luck to him and you.

Amy said...

good luck to the both of you. I've always thought as my kids get older, parenting would be easier. I'm learning I was very wrong in that assumption

Chel said...

I'm sure you have made the right decision. That is EXACTLY what I did with my son Ryker-- except instead of 3rd, he started 4th. I know all kids are different, but this seems to be working for us (for now).

Trueman twins said...

Thanks for keeping us up with the saga! I was just wondering about that last night. I love your thoughts to ss#1, but you do know that all through the teenage years it will ALL be your fault (not just this but life in general) no matter what you do! Really though He will do great!

Andrea said...

I am late here...but I was just thinking about you the other day. The principal at Skylar's school really wanted him to skip first grade but I did NOT. I think it depends so much on the child and of course, what you know is ultimately best for your child. I would love to talk to you about it though. I'm going to have to call you one of these days.

smart mama said...

do call do call- school starts for us tuesday- then things will be more kick back around here- I miss you!

swimmingmom said...

This has been on my mind; glad I finally read your blog again. I think is sounds like a good decision- he'll be just fine. I'm glad you are not homeschooling this year- enjoy the time with ss#2 and smart baby.