Most of you know that while this was “back to school” time for me professionally, it was also “Thank God We Can Home school” time for our family.
As expected, I had mixed feelings.
I welcomed many excited students back to school, while my own did not return to his neighborhood school.
I saw all the “first day of school” pictures that flooded my Facebook feed and I felt a twinge of jealousy…until I saw two photos of my TBP.
The first photo was taken the first day of third grade. In this picture, he was anxious and visibly upset. He had spent most of that morning crying and begging us not to make him go. The photo is heartbreaking.
We compared that sad photo with this year’s first day of fourth grade homeschooling picture and the difference is quite obvious.
This year, he sat taller and smiled more. Happy, comfortable, relaxed are all words that could describe this new boy in this new picture.
We knew that we were making the right decision, but looking at these photos side by side, just reminded us.
The last two weeks, I prepared for my new class of first graders. Twenty-two eager, wide-eyed young learners, showed up on Wednesday. My teaching partner and I worked hard to begin assessments, set expectations, and start to form those important teacher student bonds that allow students to feel safe learning new things.
We worked hard so that these young learners would be excited to return.
Yes. I do wish that this could have been his experience, but it wasn’t.
This Monday, begins our “new normal” with homeschooling, partner teaching, and still squeezing in time for my writing.
I’m a tad nervous that it will be hard to give 100% to all of these roles. It will take time.
I have to remind myself that this homeschooling thing is still new and I have to help myTBP ease into it.
Thank you for the continued suggestions, resources and support. I’ll let you know how our New Normal goes.