September disappeared as if it was caught up in a whirlwind. Each day brought new challenges as Rebekah, Leanna, and mom adjusted to the new rhythm of our school week.
For Leanna, perhaps the biggest challenge was waking up! It is a very early day and somehow she manages to roll out of bed, throw on her uniform, and get in the car. She is unable to eat so early in the morning, and has had daily stomachaches and when she gets to the school she has experienced nausea and vomiting. The teachers believe it is nerves and eventually will resolve itself.
Otherwise Leanna seems to be happy, making new friends and learning many new things. She seems eager to learn German, which I thought would only confuse her with so many languages to master, but the young mind can absorb it. I like the fact that she is learning to become more organized and pay more attention to detail. In our home school it was easy for me to let some things slide as often it takes outside pressure and tests to teach us accountability and the consequences of being forgetful, careless, etc.
Rebekah has spent most of her evenings doing homework, from almost the minute she walks in the door til bedtime. I am hoping that as the school year progresses she will be able to get things done in less time. She is a perfectionist and is very conscientious. The school puts a lot of emphasis on writing, so many of her subjects require thoughtful essay answers and for the classes she takes in Spanish it forces her to learn a lot of new vocabulary and pay careful attention to Spanish grammatical rules.
She also has two Science classes, Biology and Chemistry/Physics. Usually in home school we would only teach one concentration per year, such as one year of Biology, then another year would be Chemistry, etc. Fortunately her science classes are in English which helps.
Finally, the transition and adjustment for mom has been somewhat stressful as my role as teacher/school administrator has changed to more of a support person. I get up early each morning and take the girls to school, and then when they come home I am there to offer assistance with homework. Doug also takes an active role in the same. We have attended the parent teacher meetings, and the staff seems very helpful in making sure our children adapt smoothly.
The biggest loss for us is the control we lose over the content of the curriculum. We miss the Bible centered education we were able to use in our home school. It is also difficult to lose control over our schedule. Home school allowed us the freedom to have the girls get their school work finished during the day, so afternoons and evenings were used to pursue other interests such as music, sewing, arts and crafts, and ministry.
It also makes me appreciate the United States and other countries where they have allowed home school as a legal option for parents who are concerned about the best interests of their children. We don't realize how dear freedom is until you lose it. I am hoping that Spain will eventually make a provision for home school, and there are groups working toward that end.