Those needs differ from family to family...and from child to child.
The response to those needs can be varied as well!
For many families, public school is the best or only option. For others, it is homeschooling. And yet for others, private or parochial school is the best fit.
We are one of those families. And I just can't say enough good things about St. Paul Catholic school! It has truly been a positive, faith-based educational experience for my children...and for me as well! (*ahem, Mary Catherine was sent home for a change of clothes on picture day as her sundress was too revealing...read "bare" shoulders! Shame on me.)
Anyway, what I first saw as a cross to bear (our 20 minute drive each way) has turned into a blessing in disguise! Often, God's blessings are disguised and it is up to us to see the beauty in the situation. I now use the 20 minutes in the car to really "talk" with my children. No television. No radio.
Here's the conversation that took place earlier this week...
(Mary) "Mama, what's your middle name, again?"
(Mary) "As in Saint Anne, Mary's mother, Jesus' grandma?"
(Me) "Yes, after Saint Anne."
From the Back Seat...
(Benjamin): "And?" "And is one of my sight words!"
I've officially been renamed...Valerie And :)
Here's another thing that I love about our Catholic versus Public school experience...
Yup...Saints and Sight Words...that's how our minivan rolls down the highway!
Wishing you a blessed evening!