“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Our move has drummed up many emotions, but mostly those of excitement and worry. Now more than ever, we are listening to each other, especially the kids, and trying to mitigate some of the fear and anxiety that comes with a big transition.
I’m grateful for homeschooling because it has afforded us the flexibility to figure out our path without feeling rushed or pressured based on a school or calendar. We were able to explore the city and see which area would work best for our family.
Thankfully, with this time, we purchased a home, in a lovely, walkable and family-friendly neighborhood. We are all anxiously awaiting our closing date at the end of the month.
Until then, the kids and I toured the local schools to get an idea as to what the fall will be like once they enter the Halifax school system. One thing we have found is the class sizes are small and the student population fluctuates throughout the year. This is due, in part, to living in a college area where people come to teach or attend as graduate and doctorate students. This means that our kids won’t feel like “the new kid” because students are always coming and going. One principal noted that this makes for a very welcoming and flexible school environment, where students and staff are always happy to see new faces.
Sophie loved the local junior high and once we got in the car she quickly asked, “can I go to public school?” I knew this was coming, so I listened.
Homeschooling has been going well, but Sophie has repeatedly expressed interest in attending a local school. She wants to meet friends and get involved in activities. The whole hanging with her mom and three younger siblings isn’t fulfilling enough, and that’s okay.
The one thing I have always admired about Sophie is her willingness to put herself out there. From the time she was a toddler, she has always had this sunny disposition and glowing optimism. Her certainty in how she tackles life makes parenting much easier.
In fact, as I write this, she is trying out a synchronized swimming class.
Until Sophie starts Gorsebrook Junior High at the end of the month, I’m going to enjoy my time with her in our one room schoolhouse…and appreciate this unique time we have together.