Monday, March 10, 2008

Fun weekend. My parents came to visit, which was great, as always.

They brought the Christmas present I made for my dad, only because (and this shows how horribly uncrafty I've been feeling lately) I never finished it, and my mom wanted me to show her how she could finish it because they've been using it so much (yay!) that she needs to wash it. How's that for terrible gift giving? Give someone an incomplete present and then just never finish it. Ah, well. Anyway, here's the quilt that I made my dad for Christmas. He has always been a horse guy, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to use Heather Ross's horse fabric. I was quilting each square with embroidery floss, but only finished twelve of them (out of forty) before I gave it to him.
I've been mulling over a pretty huge issue for the past few days. I had always planned on homeschooling the kiddos, and even though Steve wasn't so much on board with it, I figured I could convince him. After all this time, he still hasn't budged. In addition to that, I've been feeling so tired and somewhat overwhelmed lately, as well as nervous about having another baby so soon. Because of all this, I've made the decision not to homeschool (although Steve would tell you that decision was already made long ago). For awhile I was feeling sad about this, but now I've come to terms with it and am perhaps even a little relieved. That decision has been made for awhile now, though, and is not what's been weighing on my mind recently. Thursday night we went to an open house at what will be Emma's future school. Even though she won't be enrolling for kindergarten until next year, we thought it would be a good idea to go check it out. It's a sweet little Montessori-based Catholic school, and I was really impressed with it until someone mentioned that kindergarten is ALL DAY. All day? What's up with that? I do not want to send her away for seven hours a day, five days a week. That would be crazy, considering she has probably never been away from me for seven hours in her entire life. I've since discovered that all day kindergarten is pretty much a standard thing now. I realize it's for the convenience of the mothers who work, and I respect that, but in our particular situation, I think it's crap. Emma is still so young! So, while I was still reeling from that, Steve suggested we sign Emma up for preschool this year to get her accustomed to going there for a whole day. Preschool is also for the entire day, but just two days a week. So that's where we are now. Steve wants to send her to preschool in the fall, and I can see that being helpful so she is not so shocked when she has to go to kindergarten all day, but I can't stop thinking about it and what would really be the best thing. One thing that helps is that when we arrived at the school, Emma was saying that she didn't want to go there because she wanted to homeschool, but after being there for awhile, she seems excited about going to school. I also think it would be nice to have time alone with the babies while Emma is at school a couple times a week. Still, sending her to school for so long is not a decision I can make without a whole lot more consideration. Thankfully, we have until June before the decision has to be made.

9 comments:

david said...

I think you should send her off to school ASAP. Then you will have enough time to finish the pair of slippers you "gave" me for Christmas 2006...

Tamara said...

I feel for you wholeheartedly about the whole day kindergarten. Most all of our schools here have this. Thank goodness for us the Christian School where we always planned on sending our children has half day. I have had some friends whose children did not go to preschool and went directly into whole day kindergarten. Their children were a little tired at first but they quickly adjusted and really enjoyed school.

Mary said...

You will be amazed at what they learn in kindergarten. Abby's Kindergarten was my 1st grade. We have been so happy with our grade school. It looks like Emma & Lizzie will be in the same grade. Unfortunately, Lizzie is ready for K now and we have to wait a year & a half.

blessingmama said...

Maybe just try to trust Emma. Prepare her by talking a lot a lot a lot about what to expect and how fun and exciting it's going to be that she can play with her friends twice a week. You can always enroll her and back out at the last minute if it doesn't feel right, or if she tries it and it's too traumatic for either of you. She'll tell you if she's not ready, and you'll know anyway. She might really enjoy being the special big kid who is old enough to go to school while her two baby siblings have to stay home with Mama. Who knows. But just trust yourself and I'm sure the right answer will make itself known! :) Parenting and what-ifs are so tough. Good thoughts to you!

Abbie said...

I think that there are more benefits to all-day kindergarten than the convenience for other mothers. Good luck with your decision!

Shawn said...

Sarah I'll chat with you tomorrow. I have a friend who's kiddos go to preschool part time. We are also going to send Bethany this fall but it's just 3 days a week part time. Let's chat tomorrow. :) It is something we have been worrying over also.

Hamons said...

How fun to see your quilt again and how nice to have your parents visit!

The school thing is a big deal and every school and family has a unique set of options to consider. IME, the adults with whom my child would be interacting are a huge part of the decision, as well as the environment and parental involvement opportunities. Emma will be a different child come fall, you can always make a tentative decision until then. Good luck with the decision process!

Anonymous said...

Davey, you are so funny! We do really love the quilt and I have already started working on it.
I am glad kindergarten was only half days back when you guys went, but I just remembered that Andy had to stay for afternoon daycare because I was working full time that year. So I was really glad to have the full day option, but it seems like a cheat for Andy.
Mom

Anonymous said...

I like your Dad's quilt!

We had the same problem with K since our school district switched to all day. We choose to homeschool for K and than Jaime started school in 1st grade. That has worked out well for us. Our K was also not in the neighborhood school it was at least 25 minutes away with a 30-40 minute bus ride.
And remember you can always change your mind!!

Allison