Back to School in St. Croix

Back to School in St. Croix

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Back to School in St. Croix

As we made the decision to move to St. Croix we had a few things in the forefront of our minds – house, job, church, and schools. Of course, with two young boys we were concerned about how they would continue with their education. We loved the elementary school where they had been attending and we knew it would be hard to balance with our new experience and going back to school in St. Croix.

Options

There are many options for education here in St. Croix; public school, private school, parochial school, and home school. Coming from a long line of public educators the natural choice was to check out the public schools. In my research, I had spoken with a couple of families that told me that the public schools weren’t too great and that I should look into private or home school. We wanted to be part of changing that perception. We determined to send our children to the public school near our home.

Boundaries and Public School

Once on the island, we began looking into the schools a little more closely. We spoke with families that had personal experiences with the schools on the island. We learned that the school we had initially wanted to send our children to would not be a viable option due to boundaries. We also learned that in order to get our kids into that school we would basically have to falsify records of where we lived. Not how we wanted to start out our new life in a new place. We were advised that the school in which our house was in the boundaries would not be a good fit for our children.

Private School

We did look into two of the most prominent and very reputable private schools on the island. Either would be amazing for our children to attend. However, with many unknowns we were not comfortable with the tuition prices for either private school.

Home School

Winner, winner! Prior to coming to St. Croix I had done some research on the possibility of home school and had actually gotten pretty jazzed about it. I have always loved doing fun things with my kids to help them learn. The idea of being more involved with their education and having more influence over what they were learning was exciting to me. Due to the other options not being feasible, we will be home schooling our boys. There is a large home schooling community here on St. Croix. There will be many opportunities for our boys to socialize and get to know other children.

There are A MILLION home school options – which truly sort of exhaust and overwhelm me. However, I found a resource (Charlotte Mason – Amblesideonline.org) that resonated with me and I am pretty much making things work for our family. I’m not following any specific curriculum. My children are different than anyone else’s and I like the idea of being able to tailor our experiences to our needs.

  • Home School Music
  • Math & Reading
  • Art
  • Science

We are a week and a half into our home school journey. It hasn’t been perfect. I sometimes feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants. I am figuring things out. We are growing together. We are learning together. It is fulfilling. It is hard. It is fun. We are choosing joy!

What questions do have about our schooling adventures? Ask away in a comment below!

Comments

  1. The boys will have the best teacher on the island. You have a great opportunity to teach your own. We love ❤ the Shelley family . Give the boys a hug from us. Also one for you and Stewart.

  2. Welcome to homeschool awesomeness! It’s been an incredible journey for us so far. One that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I’m so happy you’ve found some other homeschoolers in the area. It’s nice to talk with other homeschooling families and have the kids get together. Best of luck! You know you can always ask me anything. Every year is different, every child is different, and no one has more interest in your child’s education than you do. Hugs!

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      Thank you! You were very instrumental in deciding how and what we wanted to do. You can be sure I will be reaching out for help when I need it!

  3. I homeschooled my kids for 6 years. We had a wonderful time reading, going on field trips and doing science experiments. I think you will be better at this than I was because I was never anywhere near the top of my class (except in reading;-) as they got older I got panicky and ended up putting them back into school. I worried that they would be behind because we didn’t really get into worksheets and testing, not to mention our math consisted of games from a wonderful book called “Family Math”
    They went in and enjoyed the rest of their time in public school, mostly without a hitch (3rd, 6th and 8th grade) good luck and enjoy this time with your kids!

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      Thank you Julie! It certainly has been fun to see if my confidence was up to the task of teaching my own children!

  4. My husband and I are following your journey. It’s very helpful in the decisions we are in the middle of making. Thank you for sharing!!!!

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      Thanks for reading, Rachael! Let me know if you have any questions! I have certainly learned A LOT!

  5. I’ve been reading your blog since I heard you were moving to St. Croix and I love your updates on adjustments to island life. Honestly, I think your decision in moving to take control of your life is really refreshing and inspiring! I look forward to reading more posts from you in the future, and I’m also interested in hearing your experiences with homeschooling. I wish you and your family the best with everything! 🙂 🙂

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      Thanks, Marcia! It certainly has been one interesting experience after another! Thanks for reading and following our journey!

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