If I put it on the internet it means I’m committed: I’m homeschooling, yo.

It’s official.

I’m homeschooling Lucy.

I haven’t mentioned it here because for the last month (+) I was caught in the vortex of a terrible administrative process with my inital homeschool curriculum choice. Though I have mentioned the intent in my personal Facebook space and to IRL friends here and there.

It’s not been a secret, it just hasn’t been an easy decision to make.

I guess I didn’t feel comfortable really putting it out there/here until today.

Our first day.

Though the choice has been hard… often feeling like a salmon swimming upstream…I really do feel the right decision has been made.

Don’t salmon swim upstream and die?

I digress…

I am thankful the work I do is based at home, and my husband and mother-in-law are great supports as we consider times I need to travel for business. If I had to work out-of-home I would not be able to make this choice.

I recognize the blessing in being able to invite chaos.

I am so messed up.

For the record, Lucy is completely on board. She is excited. She is eager. She loves learning. My concern is not that she will be difficult to motivate, but that she is a distracted little thing. She can’t even focus and sit through an entire meal.

Honestly, I feel terribly overwhelmed.

And excited.

Aaaaaand a touch completely freaked out.

Did you know I did this about 6 years ago when my son was in first grade? It will be easier this time because when I taught Joel, little Lucy was 1 and I can’t tell you you how crazy faced it was to try to teach a 1st grader with a one year-old crawling on the table… scattering papers and all kinds of other fun things.

That was the year all my furniture Β and select walls got decorated with black Sharpie.

Thanks Lucy.

BUT… it was just the time Joel needed to help him get solid footing. Homeschooling is not new to me. I think that’s why the decision has been especially, carefully, and fretfully made.

I know the work.

I’m not afraid of work.

I don’t LIKE work.

Any work, really.



Yet, I am convinced this is the right decision. And if it’s the right decision, it will all come together.

This is the note Lucy gave to her class on Friday…

So long class... via @jennyonthespot
Very bittersweet.

She came home after school on Friday loaded with notes from classmates as well… “I will miss you!”… “You were a good friend!”… “Have fun!”

But my favorite was, “I hope you never die!”

Though I don’t anticipate this becoming a homeschool blog… I’m sure the topic will come up. I anticipate those posts will be mostly weeping and gnashing of teeth and tearing of clothes and head::desk moments… or bragging.


I must away. Lucy has a writing assignment I need to give her and then we are going to do a video together. Because that’s how a vlogger makes homeschooling work, right?

When life hands you lemons, be all – LEMONS?! I LOVE LEMONS!!!


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34 Responses to “If I put it on the internet it means I’m committed: I’m homeschooling, yo.”

  1. Candi says:

    Good luck with homeschooling..I’m sure it will be great. And you are right – no one LIKES work. But you are in charge now – there are so many ways to make learning fun. PLUS – the field trips! If I homeschooled there would be LOTS of field trips. πŸ™‚

  2. Momo Fali says:

    I have considered this, but I’m too scared!

  3. I am happy for you! You know I am here for you, if you need to vent or what-not! I think it is awesome that we have the choice, and that you saw a need and could help sweet little Lucy at a crucial time.

    I hope we can talk soon. Homeschool moms need breaks…coffee breaks!

    Love you much! ((HUGS))

  4. Leigh Ann says:

    I am so on the fence with homeschooling. It looks so idyllic at times, but being around my kids all the time is not so idyllic. I would home school them if I genuinely had to, but I really want to believe in the public school system. I can’t wait to see how it goes with you!

    • It was long, hard decision. Definitely having a hard time making that shift… it may be just until the end of this school year, but it will depend. Our district just closed down a school, classes are already really big and they are redrawing boundary lines. We might not even get the same school next year. I think it’s hard times everywhere, though…

  5. Karen says:

    After homeschooling for 13 years I can tell you that while it is really hard at times, it is the best journey! AND with Lucy it will be a fun, unpredictable, full of silliness and snuggles journey too! Enjoy every day you have together! Praying for you, and your sanity also! haha!

  6. Wow girl! Good luck to you both. I could not do this. I know you CAN!

  7. gigi says:

    Oh Jenny, I can’t wait to talk to you in person about this. My daughter is almost 8 and begging me to homeschool her. I have a lot of fear because of the distractedness and well, her strong personality. πŸ™‚

    I know she’s basically attending school and not nearly tapping in to her potential (nor is my son). But I’m having a difficult time with how I would manage it all…look forward to watching your journey on this.

  8. Dumblon says:

    I’m curious as to what in Lucy’s public schooling prompted this decision. Was she struggling and the school wasn’t addressing any special needs? Or is she advanced and there aren’t programs offered for her? I’ve been debating home schooling for years with my kids. They are wicked smart but sometimes they get completely overwhelmed and frustrated with the pacing that the teachers require. And I’m also terrified that I can teach them nothing because they are smarter than me…
    Does this mean no more coffee dates? πŸ™ Or should Kelly and I just come kidnap you one day and take you to coffee with us… πŸ˜‰

    • She was struggling. A really big class. Too much before and after school time was going to be needed to get her squared. She’s 7. No 7 year old needs to be in school from extra early and then have homework and our own supplementary work after school. I just felt we could do our catching up and getting squared without sacrificing so much of her time. Of course that means sacrificing mine, but I got to a point where I’d drop her off at school and feel deeply sad b/c I feel she was wasting valuable time not moving forward, but instead getting further behind. It’s really about the hours and preserving childhood.

      And coffee… no. It doesn’t mean that. It just means I’ll have a little buddy πŸ˜‰

  9. Left you some comments on Facebook. πŸ™‚ Feel free to answer them….or not depending on the while classified issue… πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  10. jubilee says:

    Kudos to you for taking the reigns in your child’s education. Nobody knows their child better than mama.

    I am new to homeschooling this year. It has been wonderful. It has been frustrating. It has been full of blessings. It has been overwhelming.

    It has been totally worth it. Just like motherhood.

  11. I wish you good luck going forward with this. I’m as little curious as to what prompted the decision.
    I just don’t know if I could homeschool my kids, but like you, I imagine I’d step up and do it if I needed too.

    • I think if you feel like you have to, you do. I think parents make lots of hard choise on behalf of their kids. I have heard it a lot “I couldn’t do it.” But I think they could if they really felt their child needed it. This has definitely required lots of adjustments.

      As to why… she was behind. Really behind. In a very large class. The teacher was aware, that wasn’t the issue. There only so much that can be done with an oversize class… The remedy that seemed on the table was more time at school a few mornings a week, and more time working on learning after school. I don’t think she needed more time, but more individualized help. She’s got it now πŸ˜‰

  12. Michelle says:

    OOOOOH does this mean you will have more time for “educational visits” from us??
    Good for you! And maybe us!

  13. Heather B says:

    Although I will miss sweet Lucy’s face, I know this was the right decision for you guys. And Lucy will get to wear much cuter clothes. And it was the right decision πŸ˜‰ Make sure you visit! MUAH!

  14. Tanna says:

    I believe in you Jenny! πŸ™‚ I know that His plans are great for you as this chapter unfolds

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  16. Welcome to the journey! And Congratulations, friend!

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