Today is Hailey’s first day of the 7th grade. After a lot of prayer and discussion, we decided to place Hailey in a private Christian school this year. We truly feel that it is going to be a great fit for her.
We started praying about our school options for Hailey’s 7th grade year in January. We discussed homeschooling her another year, private schools, and placing her in our local public school. Hailey was 1 of 30 students in her 5th grade class and she struggled tremendously with focus and staying on task, and that was with only having 1 teacher who was very aware of Hailey’s strengths and weaknesses. So, it only took us about 2 minutes to eliminate the public middle school here due to the large class sizes.
I really enjoyed having Hailey at home last year, but I knew that she desired to be back in a classroom setting. This is where knowing your child really comes into play. Although she learned well at home, I know that she loves the classroom. She loves a more rigid schedule and she desires to be with other kids. Hailey spent a day in May shadowing and absolutely loved it. When she came out at the end of the day she said “Mom, I LOVED it! I totally want to go here next year. The teachers prayed, it was awesome!”
I could go on and on about this subject, but I won’t. I know that this is an exciting new chapter for Hailey. This morning when we dropped her off, I did so with both excitement and a bit of sadness. The sadness is for me. I will miss having her here at home with me every day. I will miss hearing her whistle and hum throughout the day. I will miss those days when she decided to speak in a British accent because we were studying the Revolutionary War. But I am also excited! I am excited to see how Hailey grows this year. I am excited that she will attend a daily Bible class. I am excited that her classes will start with prayer and that her teachers desire for her not only to grow in her knowledge of math, science, history, and language arts, but also to grow in her faith and her knowledge of Jesus Christ. For that, I am excited and tremendously grateful!
Make it great!