I always look forward to reading the last page of my Oprah magazine for her article called What I Know For Sure. It always inspires me, enlightens me, and leaves me feeling positive and calm. Hopefully I can do something like that here....
One month has passed since Gabby started homeschooling and one thing that I know for sure is that we made the right choice for our girl. She left the public school system uninspired, ignored for her talents and was seen as a "problem" student who wasn't up to snuff. We took her out of a system that treats children like little machines who are expected to perform all on the same level, in all subjects, at all times, with little to no creative outlet or stimulation... something I didn't really see until my child was the one affected.
I know for sure that being at home and being able to learn on her own terms and at her own pace restored Gabby's faith in herself. She doesn't have to worry about keeping up with anyone but herself, and while I challenge her to figure things out on her own, she knows I have to time to help her if she really needs it. She has two pen pals that she writes to weekly, looks forward to reading her mail, and loves that everyday is a chance to make some awesome art.
I know for sure that we are giving her opportunities that she wouldn't have in a normal public school day. She has played with microscopes, has over 2 hours of active aerobic activity almost daily(her choice!!), gets to eat lunch at a normal, sane pace, and has gotten to spend hours in the library just browsing and reading.
I am sure that as we continue along this journey there will be a lot of things that I will not know for sure. But I do know that Gabby and I will discover the answers together, which is a wonderful thing my friends!