Big changes are happening for the Creekside Family this fall. Firefly, our 10-year-old, will be returning to public school for his 5th grade year, after 4 years at home. This is not something that was even on our radar a few months ago. But, after lots of family discussion and investigation into what a return to school might look like, we came to this decision.
Most importantly, the reason we are going down this path is that it is the right thing for this particular child, at this particular time. That is, after all, why we went down this wonderful homeschooling path to begin with. That is why only one of our children is going to public school right now. That is why, odd as it may seem, I still consider this a part of Firefly’s homeschooling journey.
Will he go on to 6th grade in public school? I don’t know. Will he ever return home for his schooling again? I don’t know that either. We will make that decision year by year, as we have done every year of his academic life. We will do what works for him and for our family.
Firefly is happy. He is looking forward to going to school. We are doing many things to prepare him for this big change. And, we are adjusting ourselves. We will all miss him. There are two younger siblings who have never known homeschooling without their big brother. There is the school’s schedule and time clock that we will all now work with and around.
Creekside Learning will not change. I will still be writing about learning ideas and activities for preschoolers through elementary ages. My focus has always been to create a place where families and teachers can find resources and get inspired by hands-on learning, regardless of whether their kids/students go to school at home or in brick building. And that will continue.
There is so much more I could write here, but it feels like such a personal part of our family’s story right now. Perhaps I will write more in the future. For now, I wanted the eyes who so graciously read my blog to know that we are, at this point in time, an academically blended family.
We feel so very fortunate to have supportive friends and family surrounding us, a neighborhood school that is welcoming us and the experience to know that if our new schooling situation isn’t the right fit, we always have choices.