Follow by Email

Monday, October 7, 2013

School Mania

If you have figured out anything from reading this blog over the last several years, it should be that school is a big deal in the Linderman family.

When we found out that we would only be up in our Pleasant Grove home primarily over the weekends, I jumped on the bandwagon of all the other mothers of 3 and 4 year olds that I know and enrolled Ivie in a preschool program in St. George that meets on Tuesday and Thursday.

Miss I. has been beyond excited about this and adores preschool, and most especially her backpack.
Here is the shot from her first day of school. Doesn't she look like she is ready to take on the world?

I have been pretty happy with Ivie's preschool....but annoyed by some things and feeling like some things were missed. I mean, let's be honest, I'm sure these people love children and teaching and blah, blah, blah, but they are also interested in running a business--primarily interested in running a business.

Couple that observation with the fact that I worry about my kids' educations A LOT (Ok, I worry about everything, but this topic is one of my favorites). I have some serious quibbles about the public education system, and am only moderately impressed by the charter school option. In addition to the idea that Trevor might always work a job that requires extensive travel, alternative schooling options become a real possibility for us.

I have some incredible friends who homeschool. Their children pretty much defy all home-schooling myths and they make it look easy.

But it is not, and Trev isn't sold on the home school thing. So, I've been researching independent school groups and finding some favorable things. Obviously, life can change a lot in the three years before Ivie starts school--but in the event that it is doesn't  and we do decide to do some alternative something or other for our kids in order to have more control over what they are learning/how their learning time is spent and to maximize the time we have together as a family I wanted to be ready. And I knew I'd need a few years to practice alternative schooling options.

So I decided to organize a homeschool preschool co-op., in addition to setting up the homeschool workbox system at home (more about this later) to keep Ivie's little brain engaged in those moments when I need to focus on Liam and she is adamantly refusing to play by herself and insisting that watching TV will not "rotten my brain."

I've been thrilled with the result. I'm working with 9 other incredible women who are equally passionate about spending meaningful time learning and playing with their kids. We have a dedicated space outside of the home that we meet and with the 14 kids involved we split them into two groups of 7 and basically run rotations of subjects (taught by rotating moms) between the groups for two hours. We only meet once a week now, on Wednesdays in between Ivie's other school days. We have all been so happy with it! And I've loved the cute/fun things everyone has come up with. It's enabled me to feel more involved in Ivie's academic and social experiences outside the home.

Who knows where the next few years will take us, but one thing is for sure, we are loving our preschool year so far.