As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am dedicating this year to investigating educational alternatives for Jesse in preparing for kindergarten come Fall 2009. I have always intended to home school but want to make sure I research all my options and evaluate whether it is the right thing for our family. I do know that IF we add a third child to our family in the near future (that is IF) I do not think that I could handle homeschooling and a newborn. So, I have had my eyes open to alternatives to public school. I saw a sign yesterday for a new charter school that will open in Fall 2009 in Emmaus, the town where our church meets. I looked up the website and liked alot of what I saw but had some reservations about some things. I had a chance to talk to someone at the Emmaus farmer's market this morning and was impressed with her and the ideas of the school. So, I thought I would blog about my thoughts and have some of my educated-minded friends weigh in so that I don't miss any angle to think about!
Here's the website, please read through, especially question #3 in the FAQ section.
Here are some of my thoughts:
1- I love the educational approach and I think that it fits Jesse's personality. It is exactly what I loved about homeschooling:
* student-driven learning that teaches children how to think critically
* hands on- less emphasis on worksheets and standardized testing
2- I love the community aspect:
* I think it is neat how our church and school would be in the same community- that we can intertwine both visions we have for our family
* one thing I liked about homeschooling was that I could have my children be an active part of their community as children, that they would grow up around adults and children and learn to converse and work with both
* that my children would have an opportunity to serve their community at a young age
3- One concern I have is that, if you know me at all, I am not a hippie, granola person. I do try, where I can, to be a good steward of the earth but I do so because I feel that is an act of worship to the God who created this earth for HIS glory. So, I would love for my children to learn how to take care of the earth in their education, but I would want them to do so as an act of worship not in order to "be one with the earth" (whatever that really means!). I like the idea that i can learn and be challenged about those things more through my child's education as well. I guess my concern is: does the emphasis the school places on those things overshadow our Biblical principles of stewardship or do they differ but not enough that it matters? I do know that this is one area of my life that needs constant thought and attention, so that I think, would be good thing!
4- When I read the mission statement and vision I can say that I agree with those principles of education and learning and community- that's good!
I am planning on attending some information sessions they arehaving to find out more but in the meantime I would lve your feedback!
I think I will try to use my blog over the next year as a way to process my discoveries and thoughts and appreciate the input of friends!