Tidal Wave Changes

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For the first time in 8 years I am not homeschooling any of my children, and after 18 years of practicing pharmacy in someone else’s dispensary, I will practice in my own.  I’ve made a huge leap, with the support of my family, into what I hope will be a rewarding new phase in my personal and professional life.

Those who have read my blog, or visited my professional site, know that I have complained a little (and sometimes a lot) about the struggles of wanting to practice pharmacy in line with my philosophy of patient engagement and focus on learning.  So I’ve made the leap to “putting my money where my mouth is” so to speak and, along with some great partners, am opening a pharmacy in Stony Plain.

As I embark on an exciting new phase of my career, my children have also had to adapt and grow.  They have taken on full time school (here’s Noah’s remarks on that), more chores, my babysitting,  and a different way of learning at home (less time with Mom to explore cool stuff together.)  My spouse has moved his office home to be more available to them and they have embraced the changes with more enthusiasm than I had hoped.

I’ve experienced, over the past year, small ripples of growth and change and had no idea where they would lead.  As the ripples converged into a wave, I’ve received much support and encouragement from family, friends and global connections.  I have much to be grateful for. And yes, even though I’m sending them all to school, on their first day they still got cake for breakfast.

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Cake for Breakfast

In our house, the first day of school calls for cake for breakfast.

Breakfast Cake 2011

Every year until this one, it was only me that had to deal with sugar laden kids all morning on that first day.  My boys have always been home on the first day as it was always our first day of homeschooling.  We would have our cake and discuss what we were excited to learn about this year.  The boys could throw any topic out there they were interested in and we would work it into the curriculum in the following months.

This year is a major change for us.  While the cake was still the main course this morning, shortly after we filled up on sugar, I left with Ben to bring him to his new school.  This is the first year he has ever gone to full time school.

Homeschool 2007

After settling him in and meeting his teacher I walked away knowing that it would be an exciting day for him……And then I cried like a baby.  I know many parents do this when they first bring their child to Kindergarten so I guess I had 6 years worth of tears to shed.

Ben is happy to go to school and it was really me that had to struggle with the decision.  It is a letting go of control for me to have the bulk of his education in someone else’s hands for the first time.  I am used to planning all his Language Arts lessons, picking novels for the year and teaching him math with a curriculum that I felt suited his learning.  We embarked on the journey together every year, and now he is embarking on his own.

Homeschool 2009

It really is the best decision for us all right now.  I am back working full time and the work load of three kids home schooling would be too much.  Noah is still attending the Stony Creek program and is home schooling three days a week. I am truly looking forward to the extra time with just him.  He is such an enthusiastic learner and excited about so many things that it spills over to me as an educator.

Did I say alone with Noah?  Well, Sam is just as enthusiastic.  He takes just as much planning as his brother as he refuses to be left out.  So really, we are still homeschooling two!

Breakfast Cake 2010

So now I sit with my coffee, ready to start off the homeschool year minus my oldest.  I miss his presence and miss the dynamic of the three, but know that this year will bring many new learning adventures for us all.

Homeschool 2010

Homeschool 2006 Canopic Jars

Homeschool 2006

Homeschool 2006