I've been homeschooling since 1998. In that time I've had a couple of children tell me they wanted to go to public school. Usually when this happens I say..
- Go ask your father.
- Are you sure you want to get up that early?
- Do you want to miss out on the stuff we do during school hours?
- Do you really want to ride a school bus?
- You know you are not going to be able to snack whenever you want too.. AND they don't have iced tea and lemonade on tap.
- You can't wear your pj's all day.
- What about when we go to the American Royal? You'll have to go to school!
- Won't you miss your mother?
- What about Netflix? Who will watch Netflix if you are in school?
Sometimes the more brazen children will tell me; "I don't care, I'm want to go!" When that happens, we practice going to public school the next day. The school bus arrives at our house between 6:50am and 7:02am.
I woke #5 up at 6:00am, if you are older and want to go to public school, you will have to get up around 5:00AM. He took a shower, had breakfast, made his lunch, packed up ALL of his textbooks and put them in his backpack and marched outside to wait by the drivers ed car (not at the end of our very long driveway) for the bus to come.
While #5 was waiting for the bus… I admired my pink crepe myrtle.
And the butterfly bush.
He refused to speak to me while he was waiting… But I think he's realized this might not be all it's cracked up to be.
The bus went by…. Can you see the yellow-orange bus?
#5 came in the house, and the plan was for us to go upstairs and start school…. and continue until public school was released. I walked upstairs… and this is what I found.
He was asleep. When he woke up he said he said; "I don't think I'm cut out for public school."