The end of an era. We have always been a homeschool family. This morning, at age 15 and nearly 13, our girls donned their new school uniforms and off they went to their first day of school, technically it’s a new school orientation day.
Not the typical first day of school photo of an adorable wee child ready to brave the big world, but I had to take one anyway:
First Day of School Photo
(It’s a normal first day of school for a lot of kids in the Southern Hemisphere. In New Zealand we are year round school following the calendar year, starting the last week of January as summer begins to wind down.)
Surprised by our decision, many of our friends asked: What changed? Why now? Are you serious? Why?
The simple answer: It’s time.
When we first decided to homeschool, we made a plan. When our youngest child was old enough to really understand and remember our adventures, we would take a year and travel around the world. Sports, injuries, and life slowed us down a bit, but in 2012 we ticked it off our bucket list. If you have been following for a while you know that in 2012 we visited 4 continents and 26 countries (and it’s all blogged here – check out the “around the world” tab if you missed it).
✓ Continuous Winter of Snow Sports
✓ Travel Around the World
So, there you have it. Could we have continued to homeschool? Of course.
Why are they in school today? It really is time, and they asked to go to school.
We did select a great private school, close to home, with small class sizes.
What will be the biggest struggle? Hard to say at this point but I would guess for the girls it will revolve around the sudden change from hanging out in pajamas until they feel like getting dressed; studying on the floor, couch, outside or wherever they want; traveling internationally, domestically or even locally on the days when things are less crowded as the other kids are in school; and not being able to go the beach on those perfect weather days.
For me, it will be pressing uniforms (for those who know me well, yes you can laugh now), following a schedule created by someone else and not being able to take off and travel when the mood hits (usually stimulated by airfare sales). Although, I am already planning for every school day off.
What will I be doing all day?
Well, I have started already, and hubby even took a break to join me:
If you’re local, and actually my friend, stop by and join me for a cuppa. (This does not apply to any stalkers who may be reading this.)
How old were you when you had your first day of school?