Our homeschool table, given to us by a dear Ghana mom!
Oh, the best laid plans....
I posted a few weeks ago about the EPIC decision we had made for our kids--to them to go to an on-site Charter school. That post is HERE. Well it appears that we may have a case of us counting our chicks before they hatched. I had no idea at the time that there was any opposition to the "learning resource center" idea, but in fact, the state had big problems with it.
Our school's charter describes a home-based virtual schooling program, not a site-based virtual schooling program. The state seems to have an issue with a "virtual" school bringing kids and teachers together in the same learning environment each day. If we do that, it's a school-school. Ho hum. No big deal for our family (since we were already excited to be home-based) but I think it's a total lose for the working families in our state that would like their kids to take part in a program like this, but can't because they have to be at work. This would have solved that problem for them. In the end, the state is so scared that someone might do something to pull students out of their public schools!
It's back to Bob Jones University Press for our kids--and we are totally fine with that! I'm trying to get back into the frame of mind that I won't have 5 hours of quiet each day after all, and that instead of the juggling act that is my day getting easier, we'll be adding a few more things to the mix (named Kendi and Bright's school). We were blessed with the awesome table above last year, and this year we'll be setting up for four students (each with their own laptop thanks to the school)!
The way BJU is set up is that there will be a teacher teaching each lesson to them (via streaming video). After the lesson is taught, they do whatever assigned work they need to do for that lesson. If they need help, mom is here. In addition, with the charter school we've chosen, we'll have as much one on one involvement from an OK certified teacher as we wish.
Oh how I am praying that BJU is the right way to go. It's so hard to find one program to fit 4 children, but we really desire our kids to do the same program as much as is possible, and we also desire our kids to stick with the same program until graduation. So far we've done 3 different things in 3 years of homeschooling! I've heard from several BJU moms who have taken their kids all the way through with good results, so I'm trusting, and praying, and praying, and praying!
Anybody need 4 really cutsie brand new lunch boxes from Target? How about 4 brand new backpacks? Yeah...we won't need those after all. =-)