You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Lena's (first) mission trip to
Haiti turned into our
Adoption Adventure!
Can't wait to see what God has in store next.....

Saturday, January 2, 2010

School-looking for input...

I would like to get your thoughts about school.

As I see it the options are:

public/neighborhood school
charter (tuition free public school, but smaller)
private (Christian) school

are there other options? Those are the ones that come to my mind. I can see pros and cons to each of the above scenarios.

Tell me what you've done or considered and why. How did you make your decision? How do you feel about your decision.

I don't believe there is one right answer for every family, or for every child for that matter. However, I am intrigued by the possibilities and God is directing me to find out that's what I'm doing.

Thanks friends.


  1. We do what is best for each child each year. For a while we had them all in a Christian school and I thought mine would all graduate from there but then due to lack of electives it was no longer the best for my high schoolers and we moved back to the public school. The Christian school unfortunately closed a year later.

    I am waiting to see what we do with the twins. I was hoping they'd be home by last fall to be in a really awesome free readiness program three hours a day. Now they will be too old and would have to go right into full day K and I'm not sure that is best for them. It would help them learn their English well but it wouldn't help with attachment to me.

    It's a hard choice and maybe when yours get home something will clue you in to what is best for them.

  2. Hi Lena,
    The school that our son goes to has a private school as well as a charter school. He went to the private school until he could go to their charter school which started at kindergarten.

    We chose the private school because of the small class room sizes and the personal attention our son could receive. He is quite smart and inquisitive and we had been told early on that he would do much better in a small classroom environment. So we went that route. The cons for private school obviously is the COST. It was outrageously expensive for toddler (like 1000 a month). But we liked the environment,the teachers, the close knitted "family" feeling. The other thing that concerned me with the private school was the lack of diversity. But we dealt with that in order to have our son in the environment we felt he needed to be in.

    We decided to go charter basically due to cost and we chose the charter school that is owned and operated by the principle of the private school. Still the same environment, close knitted family feel, same teaching standards, and same teachers (some of the private school teachers switched to the charter school to teach). Classroom size is a little bigger (16 children to 1 teacher and 1 aide whereas the private school was 8 children to 1 teacher and 1 aide) and the school is much more diverse.

    Overall this has worked for us and our son. We love the school, the people, the teachers and we live right down the street so we have a quick commute to the school. Can't get much better than that!


  3. Well, I must say that it really depends on the child. All of our children where in private christian school. This was my all time favorite. I loved the smaller classes and that they were also being taught the word. I found that our private school was a safe, secure, and a very loving place to be. We ended up taking out Taylor and Tyler and homeschooling them while Tayci still went to school there. If I could afford it they would all be there now. I can say that I LOVE the foundation that they received at such an early age. The homeschooling was great..However, my children missed their friends. They are now in Public School while I am working to help pay to get Renato home. Public school has its up and downs....Christian school is my all time favorite. I plan on sending Renato to the same Christian school. Like I said before, I love the foundation that they receive at such an early age!! Hope this helps!!

  4. Hi Lena~

    We love homeschooling:) But really, it has to be something that fits your lifestyle and works for you.

    Even if it isn't something that you do long-term, it might be a good thing to do when they first come home. It will give you many opportunities and time to bond as a family. Also, it will give them time to "settle in", learn to feel comfortable in their new surroundings, and feel confident in their ability to communicate and make new friends.

    Whatever you choose, we'll be praying for you guys!

    Love, Cara

  5. okay, so i really have no right to an opinion being as i am not a mom. but here are my thoughts anyway. the idea of homeschooling has really grown on me. at first, when i saw some friends of mine switch over to it, i wasn't all that fond of the idea of homeschooling. but watching those families along the way- i must say i am now a fan. i would agree w/ the comments above though, different things may work for different kids/families. homeschooling might not be for everyone.

    and another thought, and this one again, i really have no right to this opinion since i haven't adopted-- i would almost think that a year in school, public or private, might be good. to help the kids adjust. being with other kids and in a school setting might help with their language skills as well as the cultural differences.

    so those are my thoughts. but probably not worth a penny. :)

  6. Hi Lena! I have lots of thoughts that I might eventually get written down to you but I would suggest E mailing Michelle C. & asking her about her experiences. She has done homeschooling, private, & public with her children.


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