We recently found out that Jeff got a promotion (Yay!) and that we will be spending our summer in Montana (Double yay!). He will be the pitching coach for the Missoula Osprey, a short-season rookie team that runs from mid-June to the beginning of September.
We are thrilled about this opportunity. It’s great for Jeff, and who can be upset about spending the hottest months of the year in Montana? Not us.
Because we won’t be back in Phoenix until September, the kids will be starting school late. Most baseball families I talk to work with their local school and teachers to get the materials they need to keep their kids caught up. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a school not working with a baseball family’s unique calendar.
Which is why I was shocked when I got a firm “no” from our current school. They aren’t willing to work with us at all. Frustrating. So now I’m weighing our options.
Option #1: See if our local elementary school would be willing to work with us. Joe will be in 2nd grade and Leila will be in Kindergarten. At our current school, they would have both been in school from 7:30-12:30 which I love. Having them both gone from 8:00-3:30 (the local school hours) doesn’t sit entirely well with me.
Option #2: Homeschool. Honestly this option half freaks me out and half makes me giddy with excitement. Half overwhelmed (where do I start?) and half wondering if this might be best for our mobile baseball lifestyle. What I do know is this: At this stage in life, being together as a family is more important than rushing back for school.
I have only just started to think about this, and I don’t feel pressured to make a decision soon. So that’s good I think. Lots of time to figure it out.
I go back and forth between the pros and cons. More flexibility for our family, especially in the offseason would be nice. But could I ever stay organized enough? Our kids have friends and activities outside of school already, so I don’t anticipate any social suffering. But am I a good enough teacher? I have a hard enough time balancing life as it is, would homeschooling make it better or worse?
These are just some of my initial thoughts. I would love to hear your thoughts on schooling. Do you homeschool? Public school? Charter school? I would love to hear from some baseball families too. How do you manage school and baseball?
Also, am I crazy??