Today is the first day of school. The kids were out the door waiting for the school bus at 6:30 this morning. As late risers their whole lives, this is a true sign that when an unschooling child wants something, they will make it happen.
So far, our experiences have been great. Both kids are running cross country and have found the teams to be very supportive and encouraging. The high school has provided several events for the kids to get familiar with the school. They even have a parent contact for mommas new to the district who may worry about their babies...I mean teenagers. I am relieved they make such an effort to make this transition easy.
There were of course lots of butterflies flying around in their tummies and mine this morning as well as lots of questions! Will I get lost? Will I make friends? Will I know enough? Will it be more than I bargained for? Each question makes me nervous as they go into the world on their own but I also know these are very normal questions and even ones I still have today as I participate in new activities and teaching positions. I am excited for them to learn that even if they get lost they will find their way again. I am excited to get to know the new friends they will make. I am excited for them to realize that they may not learn and understand things the same way their schooled peers do, they do have many wonderful strengths and traits to share. And I am excited for them to work hard. I have seen the determination to make this happen and for it to be a success and I can't wait to just sit back and watch it all happen. Of course there will be bumps in the road, but that is part of life whether we homeschool or not.
Overall, I feel happy. I am happy that they both are excited for this new adventure and ready to give it their all. I am excited for all the memories they will make on this new journey and thankful for all the memories we made in the past as a family and with homeschooling friends. I know my kids will do well.