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