Thee Angel Project

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a house divided, the best of both worlds


When we first decided to bring our children home for school, I was adamant about having them all in the same place. I wanted them to be immersed in Christian education, specifically Lutheran education. When we moved though, and a Lutheran school was a possibility for our family, we decided to give our children a choice. They could either attend one of the local Lutheran schools, (We LOVE Lutheran schools!) or they could home school (Who knew? We also LOVE home schooling!)

So, for at least the next year we will be stuck in this strange state of…perfection, insanity, divisiveness, bliss, living between two worlds. I can hear my fellow Lutheran school teachers cheering at this opportunity. They’re right. I can also hear my fellow home schooling moms questioning whether this is what’s really best for my children. They are right too. I used to roll my eyes a bit when I would hear stories of parents putting their children in a variety of school settings, a couple years here, a few years there, thinking that that couldn’t possibly be good for them. Yet here we are, (and yes, we did move, so our hands were forced a bit) doing the same thing. It appears on the surface that perhaps we get to experience the best of both worlds. I certainly pray that that is true.

Tell me about your children’s school(s). Do you also live in a house divided?


Author: Heather

I want you to see life the way I see it. Often contradictory, seldom predictable, many times lovely, occasionally tragic, but every day filled with God's grace.

4 thoughts on “a house divided, the best of both worlds

  1. I think it will be a wonderful adventure! I look forward to your blogs about this subject! 🙂

  2. We aren’t divided in that sense but we do walk the line between public school and homeschool. The girls are in a virtual (online) charter school. They do all their work at home and I do the daily teaching. At the same time, they are technically in a public school. The school sends us the curriculum, sets up the lesson plans, and provides teachers who grade some work and do some teaching. They are also there when one of the girls needs a different angle because I can’t manage to teach them a concept. It has worked well for our family. I get the accountability I need…because otherwise I’d just not do school some days. However, I am also there every day seeing what they are learning. I can teach concepts how I choose. For example: when we hit evolution the girls still learn about it (as they are tested on it) but they learn that it is not true and the Biblical facts that prove creation.

    It works very well for us and our family. I’ve always held the belief that whatever works for your family as far as school is the best choice. Sometimes, that is different for each child. It looks like you’re experimenting with that this year!

    • I haven’t ever had a student in the virtual online school, but we did have some families in our co-op last year that were enrolled. They had a lot of really good things to say about their experience. It certainly is a great combination of structure and flexibility all at the same time.

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