Life in Photos, Poetry & Words

POETRY & WORDS :: Public, Private, Charter, Home…Oh My!


Menagerie on Toddler's Desk

Seashells, brown and green bottles, twine, and an antique tray


Lace, Roses and Coffee Hearts

Aveline’s growing up. I can see it in this photo, especially. She is just 3 months away from 3 years old.

And suddenly, I’m thinking about school, an aspect of life I thought was further away than it actually is.

School is a complex topic, isn’t it? It’s a bigger issue than I can delve into in one blog post. Both Josiah and I were home schooled from PreK-12.  For me, home schooling was a positive journey, and I am thankful for the experiences it brought me. (My parents’ story of why they choose to educate me at home is a unique one. We were living in communist Europe at the time, and they didn’t wish to send me to Karl Marx Elementary.)

There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to education. Every child is so different. Every living situation is different. Everyone has different school options at their disposal. And the reality is, there are good and bad things about every kind of schooling; whether it’s public, charter, private, at-home, or some combination thereof.

As Aveline gets older, Josiah and I are talking a lot about what kind of school experience we’d like her to have. 

What about you? What was your school experience like as a child? If you have children, what decisions have you made about your children’s education?


5 thoughts on “POETRY & WORDS :: Public, Private, Charter, Home…Oh My!”

  1. This is something we’ve been thinking about a lot, too! I always assumed I would keep Jacob at home with me, not send him to pre-school, and homeschool him through high school. I’m realizing now that I just do not have the energy this little wild one requires to be stimulated every single day, especially with the new babe almost here. We are looking into a five day a week Montessori for him, which means putting aside my pride and preconceived ideas that I could give Jacob everything he needs all on my own. :) Good luck with your decision!


  2. With so many choices it can be mind boggling to figure out what is best for your child. Sometimes I wish there was only Karl Marx Elementary, then it would be a no brainer. :) I think the most important thing is to be open and to find out what works for your child. And that the child knows we have their best interest in mind not our own. Some day I would love to hear more about your and Josiah’s story. I love talking to adults who have been home-schooled. To hear what they liked and didn’t like, so I can learn from it.


    1. Isn’t that true Sofija! Makes it a no-brainer for sure.

      The home schooling laws in FL leave a lot to be desired; but then again, I’m sure the home schooling “laws” in the former Yugoslavia weren’t that great either ;)

      Feel free to email me about my home schooling experience! I’d love to chat with you about it.:)


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