It’s been four years since I made the decision to put Ronnie in Montessori school. Four years. I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to afford those first few months. And now, four years.
He has flourished. He has matured. He has grown into such a kind-hearted soul. He’s still wild and we’ll never fully tame him, I’m sure! But I am so proud of the little man he has become.
As he works his way through third grade, it’s become clear that now is the time to return to homeschooling.
Wade and Jaxon, now 6 and 3, have several years of Montessori ahead of them if they’re going to get the same opportunity that Ronnie did. And it’s ex-pen-sive. Worth every penny, if you have it. But our pennies are tight.
And the yearn for flexibility, for sharing his learning moments with him, for documenting every step of the process–it’s all telling me that it’s time to make the jump.
We took some time over winter vacation to pretend everyone was homeschooled. I had the benefit of not really needing to teach them anything, but rather I spent our time reiterating what they were already learning at school. It was so pleasant, mostly peaceful, and I think it made us all feel more connected.
Now that we’ve been back in the grind and hustle for a few months since, I’m wishing we could go back to those self-paced and wide-open days.
Currently, I’m soaking up these photos from our winter break: