My almost 6 year old son H had his first serious desire to go "to regular school". We are a homeschooling family. He knows that while he stays home with us, other kids load up on the school bus and go to a place called school. Before he's asked to ride the bus but he was only curious about it. We are going to have the opportunity this fall to go see a factory where school buses are made and ride in one. The perks of having a Grandma who builds buses.
Last week we traveled to California to see family and every day he watched his cousin get up and ready for school. Something clicked. "I want to do that too!" He started talking about going, doing homework "just like T." He was dead set on it even after my mom and I explained what school was like. No playing when you want to, sitting at a desk a lot, lots of homework, being away from Mama and brothers. He would not be deterred.
So I made a deal with him. We would start having school at home, 8am to 2pm. Complete with bathroom passes, lunches in a lunch box, the whole bit. If by summer vacation he still wanted to go to school, I would enroll him the next year. He agreed. I started a mental checklist of what I needed to do to super structurize our current routine.
Then on the drive back to Texas something clicked and I had to tell him. "Hey H ya know that you will not be able to wear your hat when you are at school." There was a pause from the back seat. "... No hat?"
"Yup buddy, no hats at school."
H loves wearing hats. He puts it on a peg by his bed before climbing in at night and puts it right back on after climbing out in the morning. It's his trademark. Because of the constant wear we just bought his 3rd hat in 2 years, long overdue as it was. I knew that it would upset him but wasn't sure what he would say to it.
After another pause, "Okay I want to be homeschooled."
And that was that. He loves his hat more than he wanted to go to school, for right now at least. As much as I want to homeschool my boys I know we will have other "I want to go to regular school" conversations in the future. The best I can do is give them all the facts and let them decide on their own which they would rather do. And I can hope they will choose the best for them.
If you are a homeschooling family, do you have a funny story about one of your kids wanting to go to "real school"? If your child(ren) is in public/private school have they ever wanted to be homeschooled for whatever reason?image source