Schooling and Bartering

Where has the time gone? Our little boy may be going to a small Christian school nearby in September for Pre-K. That’s right, a little Christian school in Brooklyn. Five days a week. Lots of structure. Everything taught with a Christ-centered approach.

We had attempted to get him into public school Pre-K but due to the lottary system they have in New York City for Pre-K, the few available spots fill up quickly and most children do not get in it seems. Therefore, we decided we would check out a nearby Christian school. How much it might cost, we did not know but we knew we had to check it out.

So, we went to an open house last night and were impressed. The K4 class Micah would be in is very small so he would get more individual attention. The curriculum is from A BEKA. My mom used A BEKA with us when we tried a few years of homeschooling in my youth and it is an excellent, quality Christian curriculum. The teachers and principal seem very kind and approachable. There is a chapel service every Friday the students attend. They do a lot of singing and dancing which I know Micah would love.

And best of all? We decided to try a bartering approach as the cost of tuition is more than we can realistically afford. Rick offered his web site services (to re-vamp their rather low quality website) for lower tuition costs. And the principal was very favorable to the idea! I think he liked the fact that we were asking for a lower tuition but offering them something of value in return. What an answer to prayers we had been praying in that regard! Rick will send them some examples of websites he has designed and we will go from there.

Walking home from the open house last night, Rick and I talked about how quickly time is flying. How hard it is to believe that our oldest is ready for school. It is strange but I know he is ready for it. He thrived in his summer camp and is such a social, independent boy. But yet, his parents will always find it hard to see him take each step of independence!

Praise God for a Christian school right down the street from us, a place that really seems to have a heart for the community, for truth and for teaching children that truth in every way they can. Thank God that even though public school did not work out this year, that something better has been arisen. Thank God for bartering…for good old fashioned trading of services! Our culture has lost a sense of doing what has been seen as completely normal in ages past, sad as trading services provides so many untold benefits and makes our individual talents more useful!

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6 Responses to Schooling and Bartering

  1. Anna says:

    That sounds like a wonderful opportunity for your family!I used A Beka throughout my homeschooling years. It is great academically in most subjects (pretty advanced and rigorous, although I didn't like their high school math), and quite theologically conservative (very Baptist and KJV-only). I enjoyed it and it prepared me well for college, I felt like… not that that's the first thing on your mind right now! :)

  2. Grace says:

    I am so excited for you guys! That's awesome. Now you will also have more time with two instead of three and he will be SO HAPPY! We all know how social he is:)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think Micah will thrive in school – hope it works out. Mom

  4. Jason and Kim Vinson says:

    That's awesome! I love it when you can barter in the real world these days. What a great opportunity for all of you!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a great fit! Hoping you can work out a for-trade deal.Aunty M.

  6. Erin says:

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