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  1. Preach it, sister!

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    Big Binder Reply:

    Love that you were the first comment! I read this to T. after I wrote it and told him you and I were on the same page about these things; then your comment popped up :)

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  2. What kind of childhood is this? My thoughts exactly! I think about this issue every day. We are struggling with the same issues but now have 4-6 hours of nightly junior high homework added to the mix most nights. Seriously, this has created our first experience of having family dinner time and bed times blown out of the water most nights and it makes me so sad. I worry that my son’s health is being compromised over too much homework/ lack of sleep. Our family looks forward to July & August because we purposefully clear our calendar to do nothing other than be together without any outside demands on our time.

    I continually thank God that my children are handling this lifestyle with grace. I’m not sure I could have done that as a child. I also think that they will have better time management skills than our generation!

    Homeschool crosses my mind but I know that my children need more than I can offer and my patience isn’t thick enough lol.

    Great post, Jen!

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    Big Binder Reply:

    Danielle that’s how I feel – my children need more than I can offer. The thing I am currently wrestling with is if imperfect homeschooling is better than where they are currently. It’s really tough.

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    The Diaper Diaries Reply:

    Although I am not a homeschooler I know you know you are in the best place to homeschool around. You would so not be doing it alone. With all the coops and private schools that let you opt in and out you would have a ton of support and NOT being all that was offered.

    Listen to what God is telling you about your kids. You know what is best for THEM and what is best for THEM doesn’t need input from another soul. You are one of the most intuitive moms I know when it comes to your kids and God made you their mom for a reason.

    In other news, a new GR blogger came last night who has this blog. I have decided you are sole mates http://unofficialhomeschooler.com

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    Big Binder Reply:

    Yes, if ever a wever a place there was (to homeschool) this is it. I wish I WANTED to homeschool. I just want less school. Thank you, yes, there are a lot of things to think and pray about :)

  3. Joy Battey says:

    Gosh, Jen, I was feeling pretty good about things until I read this. Thanks for ruining my day! Just kidding, I have been feeling the same way as you. It only gets worse as they get older, believe me. With my oldest in middle school there is more homework, more projects and at some point they will start sending home band practice cards where 100 minutes per week are required. When is that supposed to happen? There goes that 10-12 hours of sleep! Have a great day and enjoy the afternoon off! We are going to the wild animal park to see Rick the Reptile Guy!

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    Big Binder Reply:

    I felt like someone punched me in the gut when I sat down and really tried to figure out exactly that – “When is that supposed to happen?” Then I realized that the educational system – the experts in child development – hasn’t bothered to do that which makes me question, well, everything.

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  4. Direct hit to the head of the nail, as always Jen!

    Fundraising drives me nuts. On top of all of the stuff they send home, I also get guilt trips for not being in the school helping out for hours on end.

    I’m in the same boat as you for homeschooling as well. Considered. I don’t have the skill or patience. I know I’m not the best person to teach school skills to my kids, but I’ll do my best to help them where I can and supplement with my knowledge, values and experiences.

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    Big Binder Reply:

    Thanks! I don’t know if I have ‘what it takes’ either. Such a tough spot to be in.

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  5. Jen- If you ever want to discuss homeschooling, I am up for it, we homeschool you probably know and we are ALWAYS done by noon (Anya is in fourth grade- and Karis in 1st) except some free reading and maybe a math exercise, we spend the afternoon playing, visiting the library, going to the park, we do gymnastics, AWANA, soccer, I volunteer as mentor for a teen mom, and Anya volunteers to watch their children in the nursery, and I am working part-time, but I still see my kids at least 6-8 hours a day and they have at least two hours a day to do whatever they want (playing, not watching TV). I am far from perfect as a teacher, but I think they could hold their own against their peers and have pretty well rounded lives. It has worked so far for us. Your post reassures me that I am doing the right thing for now– so thanks:)

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    Big Binder Reply:

    Thank you :) I’m glad it reassures you, I am sure your kids are doing great!!

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  6. Well, this has certainly gotten people talking! That’s great. Our kid’s education is something that should be analyzed and debated frequently. Our school’s system certainly isn’t perfect. None of them are.

    But I think that we chose to send our kids to this charter school for a ‘different’ experience. Most of the time, I like those differences. Sometimes I don’t.

    I guess I look at the big picture of it all. What are my kids like? Do I like who they’re becoming? Are they happy when I pick them up from school and are they glad to go back the next day? Are they excelling or are they struggling? Do I like the kids they go to school with and do I agree with most of the schools decisions? I ask myself these questions often and as long as I like the answers, they’ll continue to go there.

    I think there’s a bigger problem going on though than just their specific school. Our society as a whole is jam-packed and brimming over with STUFF. We all live a frantic pace. I blame the invention of the microwave for that… If we can nuke a meal in 3.5 min, let it stand for 2 and dinner is done, imagine all the other things we can load into our day 😉

    {{{Big hugs}}}

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    Big Binder Reply:

    I agree!! Apparently it was a conversation waiting to happen. I agree!! None of them are perfect. If I thought there were a better place for my kids, they would be there. I did a lot of ‘homework’ before choosing this school and I also agree with you that big picture, it is the best school for my kids.

    However… the entire educational system is geared toward another type of parent than I am, I’m afraid. I don’t know how to reconcile all of this.

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  7. Wow. Great post! Don’t have kids old enough for school yet but it is definitely something to be thinking about. I’m looking into homeschooling too. There are so many pros and cons with both though- it is going to be tough to make a decision! My husband went to school in Germany and even the difference between schooling in Europe vs. USA is amazing. They start school much earlier there (he started the kindergarden equivalent at 3) but spend most of their time developing fine motor skills, memorizing poems, using their hands and exploring.
    So many options to consider for my children’s future. Thanks for a great post to get me thinking some more! And thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. I really appreciate it. I’m following you!
    -Mackenzie fridaynightdatenight.blogspot.com

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    Big Binder Reply:

    Oh, yeah you definitely have another element to factor in; the comparison to another educational system. It’s fascinating that there are such differences; what I’m trying to really piece out right now is how those decisions are made – by unions? Governments? Parents? Using research, or the convenience of adults? It’s so hard! I thought I had this all figured out :)

    And thank you! I started following you when I left the comment on your blog; I LOVE the idea of purposefully dating your spouse :)

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  8. Excellent post!! And nodding in agreement to The Diaper Diaries comment. Also adore Jane and her passion for intentional parenting at http://unofficialhomeschooler.com

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