Monday, February 6, 2012

From Homeschooling to Catholic High School

We homeschooled our son from the time he was born until high school, then he wanted to go to a "regular school" as he put it. I loved homeschooling. This was not something I wanted to do. I considered part time homeschooling but the only options for that were the public school or an evangelical school.  The Catholic school in our area did not offer part time school, just because of the way the classes were set up.  The school year consists of trimesters instead of semesters. There are 5 classes per trimester and the classes are not always in the same order every day. They rotate, thus making it hard for you to come in part time.

After alot of prayer and thinking and talking, we decided to take the plunge and let him attend the Catholic school. This in and of itself is a miracle. The money was an issue but we made it work. This is why I fill in at the hospital about once a week. It brings in extra money to help pay for my son's school.

The beginning of the first year I became sick. I was very sick with allergies so terrible I was dizzy most all of the time. I couldn't even turn my head. All I could do was sit and stare and here comes my son home every day from school needing help with subjects. I am assuming the teachers are teaching him but of course as a former homeschool mom I knew better. I had read all the articles of how there are too many students and not enough teachers and how teachers didn't have time to spend with each student to make sure they knew the subject and I had the witness in my mind of what my own education was like but I hoped.  I was sick and couldn't even read. So, he began to fail a class. My husband wanted to have him switch classes or be pulled out but my son begged me to speak to his father and beg that he could stay in.  So I did and he did. The school wouldn't let him switch classes. It was too late they said. The teacher was just like we homeschool moms know teachers are.  She became very defensive. I turned to the counselor who worked with me, my son and the teacher and in the end I realize she was a very good teacher. She is just someone trying to make a living the best she can and it is a job to her. My son is just a passing student but not to me. My son's education was my top priority. Helping him adjust and succeed required a lot of prayers. St. Anthony, St. Francis and Our Lady of Guadalupe became my prayer partners and help.

I healed, the dizziness left and my son eventually received an A in the class. I believe the reason he did was because of his own hard work and the realization on my part that even though you send you child to school, you are still a homeschooling mom. My son comes home with homework several nights a week. We stay up and work on it. Yes, he is a sophmore in high school and does most of  his work on his own but I still pay very close attention to his classes. I purchased extra copies of all the school books he uses that I could find. I study along with him. I make flash cards for the subjects he is studying. I print out emails, worksheets and make copies of sheets given to him by the teachers so I have my own copies.

I try hard not too be too tired in the evening because I know there will be homework and I need energy to help him with his homework, which is hard for me because I love to go to bed early or just relax in evenings. I don't do his homework for him but I guide him or help him study for tests or quizzes. Fifteen is still a youth and they still need encouragement and guidance.

There have been ups and downs and good times and bad times at the school so far but it is a good school. I am thankful every day that the school was there for us and that the Lord opened the door for us. I have to also thank St. Anthony and St. Francis for their prayers because they were who I turned to when asking for prayers for the doors of the Catholic school to open for us. Money was such a challenge. And most importantly Our Lady of Guadalupe has been a wonderful mother to me. She is always leading us closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.

I wouldn't trade the years we homeschooled our son for all the chocolate in the world (notice I used something I like alot of). Homeschooling I believe is the best, though I am grateful for Catholic schools. Do everything you can to ensure you child is getting a good Catholic education. There were so many of us who did not. I knew so little about my faith as I grew up. My parents thought the school was teaching it all but they didn't. I can't believe after 11 years of Catholic education what I didn't know. So, homeschooling or Catholic school or even private school, parents we need to teach the faith. I hope and pray my son remembers all that he is learning, especially his Catholic faith.

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Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

Helping and Loving Our Neighbor

Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

Good Samaritain