Monday, September 06, 2010

Changing Focus Yet Again

I can't ever seem to settle on a focus for my blog, but then again, right in the heading I say that "this is a place for me to share whatever happens to be on my mind at the moment".  My mind changes it's focus often, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, so that would explain why the focus of the blog changes so much.  I'm going to stop worrying about finding one particular focus and I'm just going to do what my heading says I planned to do in the beginning, use this place to share what happens to be on my mind at the moment.

What happens to be on my mind right now is homeschooling, though I really hate that term.  Maybe that's a blog post for another time.

My baby is 4, turning 5 in November.  Everyone is always commenting to her about her starting school this year.  It drives me crazy!  And it's causing some confusion for her.

In our province children can be enrolled in a public school in the year that they turn 5, so that would be this year for my little one.  You are not actually required by law to register a child for school until the year they turn 6, and even then there is always the option of homeschooling.  An option that we took advantage of for our 3 older children, who are all now over the age of compulsory education and are in the workforce.

Why would everyone just assume that I am going do anything different this time around?

Maybe part of the reason is because, well, I am older.  I had my baby when I was over 40 so if I continue to homeschool her right until she is past compulsory school age I will be homeschooling until I am almost 60.  That does sound old but I think there are at least some older teachers in the public school system.

Maybe part of the reason is because little one is, in a way, like an only child.  All her siblings are basically young adults and she has nobody close to her own age to interact with in our home.  It's the old "socialization" concern again.

Either way, I wish they would stop, but I know they won't.

In the meantime I am gearing up and starting to get excited about starting over again.

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