There have been so many changes in our lives here recently due to the recent unrest in Egypt. One of the things that has changed, just this past week, is that we made the decision to pull our son from his highschool and homeschool him for the rest of this year. This decision was based on several reasons. First of all, and one of the main reasons, is because of the school he will attend in the States next year. The credits he will need upon graduating were not going to be met if he continued. There is a certain subject that he needs 4 years of and he was already behind one year, so we decided to pull him, drop one of the courses that he is ahead in, and double up on the one he is behind in.
Another reason for pulling him is that we are still missing two of the highschool teachers that left Egypt during the uprising. One of them is trying really hard to return, but the other has said she will not be returning. This has put the school in a position where things are much more stressful, and the teachers that stayed are taking on more responsibility. Our son was having some struggles, even before all of this happened, but we saw an increase in his stress as things got more stressful at the school.
Most of you know I recently quit my job teaching the KG 2 class at this school. Little did I know I would still be used in the role of teaching, at least for a few more months. It has been a wonderful experience so far. I know we have just gotten through the first week together, and that week was not very organized, but it has been enjoyable to be able to sit with my youngest son and teach him, and just really get to talk to him. I am trying to get things much more organized for the weeks to come, and he and I are "learning together" how to do all of this. It is such a responsibility to feel like you are in charge of what your child is learning, but it is also such a privilege.
As a Christian Mom who is homeschooling, I feel it is very important every morning to have a morning devotion with my son. Our devotions this past week have challenged us to think about our purpose for our lives. I can think of no better way to be used of God than to have such an opportunity with my child; to be able to be with him more, and just be able to enjoy his company. I ask all of my readers to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we take on this challenge. I pray that I can be a good teacher and keep things interesting for him, but I pray most of all that I can be a godly influence in my son's life and teach him that it doesn't matter what the world thinks our purpose should be, but obedience to God, and His purpose for our lives is the most important aspect of living.
(I will try to take some pictures of us in our homeschooling environment and post them soon.)