My sweet Alex…thank goodness for homeschooling!

My son Alex is 6.  He is the reason our family chose to homeschool.  Alex is so sweet and sensitive.  He, like me, wears his heart on his sleeve.  His feelings are easily hurt and often hard to mend.

We enrolled Alex in preschool when he was 4.  I thought that this was the thing to do.  I quickly learned what a mistake that I had made.

Alex's first day of pre-school. 2009

Alex cried as I left him.  I think that I left my heart with him in his preschool classroom that day.  I came home and counted the minutes until I could pick him up.  Whitin a few weeks Alex went to school with no tears.  I was happy that he was adjusting.  He went through the motions but was never super excited about school.

Then came a day he told me he got bit.  Uh-oh.  I  know that Alex is an introvert, like me,  and it seems that this quality had made him an easy target for a little boy in his class.  This boy began to pick on Alex.  I couldn’t believe that a 4 year old could be a bully!  The teacher assured me that she would address the situation.

I began to see subtle changes in Alex at home.  He was becoming more aggressive with his 1 year old sister.  He seemed to be uptight alot of the time.  He seemed to be shutting down and building a wall around himself.  And, he was loosing his sweetness.

I spoke with my husband about my concerns.  We discussed homeschooling and he was all for it!  I was surprised and nervous.   What were we doing?  Could we even do this?  I began to read everything that I could about homeschooling and it seemed to be a perfect fit for our family.  We decided that we woud become a homeschooling family!

We pulled Alex out of preschool and have not looked back!  It took him about 3 months to decompress.  I won’t forget the day that Alex asked me when he had to return to school.  I explained to him he was already at school…his home was his school.  The sigh he let out was immense.   Alex let his guard down and began to return to his sweet self.

I feel that this has been one of the most important decisions that my husband and I have made in regards to our family.  I have no regrets.  Alex is now 6 and loves school.  Currently, his favorite thing about homeschooling is doing schoolwork in his boxers!

We often complete morning schoolwork in our pj's!!

I am just so happy that homeschooling has allowed Alex to remain my sweet boy.

Me and my sweet boy

7 thoughts on “My sweet Alex…thank goodness for homeschooling!

  1. Sunshine says:

    I read this the other day and I’ve thought a lot about it. I’m so glad you are able to take such an active role in your kids’ lives. You’re the best Mama I know!

    • Angela says:

      Awww…I don’t know about that! I just try to do the best that I can…it’s not all roses. I am just happy that we have found a way to make this happen, I honestly cannot imagine Alex in public school…he certainly would not thrive. Your kids are lucky to have you, you are an amazing Mama too…don’t ever forget that!!

  2. Lindsey Sullivan says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these insights and informative treasures with me…and the world = ) Reading this makes me question (again) what impact public schooling has had on my *sweet* girls. They went through A LOT of changes after starting public school. They were both home with me until their first day of KG. Carly has been in public school for three years and would have begun 3rd grade this fall, and Nova has only been through KG and would have begun 1st grade this fall. I am so relieved right now and excited at the thought that they may possibly sweeten back up to being themselves all the way without all of the social pressures that came along with public school, its unbelievable how young “it” all begins.

    • Angela says:

      I can’t wait to follow you and your girls on your journey! I know that homeschooling has strengthened our family bond immensely!

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