Katie is absolutely loving school.
Well, she loves the social aspect, and the challenge of interacting with new instructors. She isn’t happy about living by a bell, and of course, all of us are adjusting to living on the school’s timetable in general.
At the end of the very first day, she called and asked if she could go hang out with her new friends at a nearby coffee shop. That’s my girl, the extrovert. She’d already made friends and continues to do so. So much for any worries (which we didn’t have) about her social skills.
She’s doing well academically, too. We talk about her school work and she asks for input at times, so I know what she’s doing. It isn’t nearly the same as the level of involvement required for homeschooling, but it’s something.
She isn’t accustomed to the adversarial relationship some teachers and staff members automatically assume toward students, and it isn’t something I ever want her to accept as right or normal. Expected at this level, maybe. But not right.
I’m still having some “empty nest” feelings, but seeing her thrive certainly helps deal with them. Homeschooling was definitely the right thing for us for the past few years and did prepare her well for high school. We have no regrets at all there!