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  1. My daughter is tired of homeschooling and last year was a disaster, academically. She was very unhappy and unmotivated. The last two years were actually very unpleasant. The homeschooling community where we live is very disconnected and it seems that no amount of effort will get anything going. She's lonely and she wants to spends more time with other kids, which I get. There are a few kids in the neighborhood that she plays with, but that's it. She's actually pretty excited about starting public school -- it's me who's having the problems. I think I'm going to hate my new job description. I've already spent so much time filling out forms, shopping for school supplies that we would never need for homeschooling, trying to sort out where we are supposed to be on which days, shopping for uniforms (searching for that elusive pair of pants that will both fit my daughter properly and meet the school's requirements) and gym shoes, e-mailing the school with questions. We have to pay a small fortune for uniforms -- (some pieces you have to order from their supplier and some, like the pants, you can get elsewhere). Who buys $85 skirts for their kids?! I mean, really. And they are supposed to be hand washed, dry cleaned, or machine washed on gentle cycle without any other garments. Obviously the people who made these things have never met a kid. Then, there's also the fact that everything looks like a sack when you put it on and makes my daughter cry. And we have to pay a small fortune for the school itself. The free public school in our area is full of drugs and doesn't seem like a good option. None of the public schools here are good academically. I've looked at some of the curriculum and understand why people come out of school not being able to write a proper sentence. The curriculum at this school is the same as everywhere else, but the kids seem an awful lot nicer, so it seemed to be the only feasible option. Also, in order to be accepted into the school, we had to sign a document saying that we would not question anything the school does academically. I signed it because she needed to get into the school, but I am perfectly prepared to disregard the fact that I signed it if I have something to say. Do they think we live in North Korea? I pay their wages. I think they forgot that. I'm so frustrated and discouraged. I don't want to spend time making lunches and driving there and back for an hour or more each day and putting time into compulsory volunteering at the school. Homeschooling is so much easier, really. I enjoy preparing for school and planning curriculum. I enjoy teaching my daughter. All of this stuff I now have to put my time into, I hate doing. My daughter's social needs are important and, emotionally, she is done homeschooling so I can't force her to stay homeschooled (I guess I could, but it wouldn't produce any positive results). I don't want to give up control of her education to a system that I believe is doing a terrible job educating kids. We all have to make sacrifices for our kids, but the ones I'm having to make now are not sitting well with me. I just want to cry! Anyone been through this?
  2. I've posted for years about my son. Today, I think I have a complete picture. We had him evaluated again in January, and today got the diagnosis of HFA (Aspergers). No real learning disabilities, though he is behind in math and writing/spelling. His verbal comprehension and spatial reasoning are superior, but working memory and processing speed are low. The evaluator's recommendations were to explore medication to help with anxiety and go to school. I will discuss meds and psych referrals with his doctor next week, but I don't think we are to that point yet. I want to keep working on self-awareness, exercise, controlling environment, etc. before we use meds, I think. She recommended school to help him learn social skills and have more structure, as well as get therapies that might be needed/available. She felt that keeping him at home would increase the gap in social skills between him and other kids his age. Thoughts? Are there others ways I could address these with him? We aren't totally against school, but my husband who is much like my son, hated it and isn't eager to try it. Finally, any advice on what to do now is helpful!
  3. I am writing here while being very emotional. Our life circumstances have changed and since the start of the school year I knew my child would need to go to public school. I did not enroll him at the start of the year (even though I got all the paper work together) because we were going to have to move as well. I did not want to enroll him and then change schools half way through the year as we would not be able to stay within the school limits. We are moving this week. I used a homeschool-friendly charter where he had enrichment classes and I worked with him independently 3 days a week. I explained to the ES my child was going to be going to public school in January and I wanted to get him as ready as I could. I was assured that he was fine. He has a summer birthday, he is 6 and technically in first grade. Will be 7 during the summer break. Now that we know where we will be moving I did some digging and based on what I have been told, I believe my child will be labeled as behind in writing. It is the one area I did not stress last year. We increased the writing this past semester, did spelling... however, during the enrichment classes the teachers would write for him at times and I have a lot of pages not finished. I do not believe he will have the stamina to write as much as first graders need to write. He is otherwise on par as he reads well (Frog and Toad/Cat in the Hat) and his math is fine (I have never timed him for his work and this could be an issue too). And now here is my dilemma: I think he would be better off finishing the year in K: to get used to the school routine, to build his stamina with the writing and to get used to being graded and so on. Like I said - he would still be 6 at the end of the school year. But because he was in a charter in first grade, I am not sure it is legal or even possible to place him in K. Any advice will be appreciated. I am nervous about having him go to school (I have to, like I said above) and the last thing he needs after a move and a change in schooling pace, is to feel extra overwhelmed with a skill that will surely label him as needing extra help. He is a good natured kid, and smart enough. I am confident he can develop the writing skills fine by the end of the year if placed in K where I am pretty sure he can otherwise do the work. Any help?
  4. Let's pretend you rubbed a magic lamp and the genie in it allowed you to set the ps schedules according to your wishes. (I'm not sure if all local districts are autonomous when it comes to scheduling or if it's state-wide in some places.) 1. How would you schedule the public school year and why would you do it that way? 2. How do your local and other school districts' schedules affect you as a homeschooler?
  5. Our DD was in public school for PK and K, and then we homeschooled 1st, 2nd, and this year 3rd. She has always been bright but highly active and has difficulty sitting still. With occasional outbursts. However, this year has been a battle and she's been refusing to do work, writing nonsense when she doesn't feel like doing assignments, etc. We have already discussed ADHD with her ped, and there are probably both sensory and attention issues. However, I'm thinking of enrolling her back in public school while we have her evaluated. She may benefit from the structure, I need a break quite frankly, and our other child needs more attention than I am able to give at the same time. Has anyone done this and what happens when you re-enroll? Do they test? I'm thinking she may possbly have to finish the year, but then repeat this grade. Which may not be totally bad, as she is yo9ung for her age and behind at least in reading.
  6. I'm not looking for specifics (probably varies by school district and state). But what generally happens if you choose to re-enroll a child in public school mid-year? And if you wait until fall of the following year is this better? I'm wondering if there is always testing, and whether if a child tests below grade level in reading (impt), whether the school would have them repeat the grade. This is our 5th year homeschooling, and 3rd homeschooling our DD who is now in 3rd. We know there is impulsivity and hyperactivity issues (attention-related), but this year it's become a struggle across the board -- and our other older child (teen) is getting shortchanged because ALL the time and energy are going to address the struggles, adapt the curriculum constantly. So... we're pursuing evaluations but also wondering what would happen exactluy when a family re-enrolls a child mid-year? Or at the start of a new year? Would greatly appreciate anyone being able to share their experience. We are not ruling out homeschooling again, but for now -- this may be what is needed.
  7. I'm not looking for specifics (probably varies by school district and state). But what generally happens if you choose to re-enroll a child in public school mid-year? And if you wait until fall of the following year is this better? I'm wondering if there is always testing, and whether if a child tests below grade level in reading (impt), whether the school would have them repeat the grade. This is our 5th year homeschooling, and 3rd homeschooling our DD who is now in 3rd. We know there is impulsivity and hyperactivity issues (attention-related), but this year it's become a struggle across the board -- and our other older child (teen) is getting shortchanged because ALL the time and energy are going to address the struggles, adapt the curriculum constantly. So... we're pursuing evaluations but also wondering what would happen exactluy when a family re-enrolls a child mid-year? Or at the start of a new year? Would greatly appreciate anyone being able to share their experience. We are not ruling out homeschooling again, but for now -- this may be what is needed.
  8. Last night I attended an Advent dinner for St. Lucy's Day. The hostess and her husband homeschool. I homeschool. One of the couples sends their kids to private school. The other couple have adult children who attend public school and the husband is about to retire from decades of work in public school. Private school mom started talking about how bad the ps system is after hearing that the other husband is about to retire from working in the ps system. Really? At a dinner party when the quality of an education wasn't the topic of conversation? It was a get to know each other kind of conversation. I tried to soften it with, "It depends on which ps you're talking about." She couldn't take the hint. She went on, "Yes, I know there are differences between them, but when you consider the quality of our private school, the public schools are just a mess." So I tried again to change the topic, "I'm just so glad we live in a state that has choices so people can find a good fit for their kids wherever that is. She didn't back down, "Yes, competition will improve some things but it won't be enough."The hostess finally managed to change the topic by moving to the next course and explaining the Scandinavian food what was probably new to everyone. Look, I have all kinds of opinions about what content and approaches should make up a standard ps education and it's different than the norm right now, but I don't trash a person's life's work at a dinner party for heaven's sake. It's not the time and place for a public policy discussion and or criticism. Grrr! The woman saying so is well into her 40s and is old enough to know better. To his credit Mr. Near Retirement didn't say a word in response. He patiently endured it with a completely neutral facial expression. A class act. You will not be surprised that the rude woman didn't stop talking to the person to her left (me) the whole time and it was a wide ranging stream of consciousness monologue about everything she through was wrong with the fostercare system, church, Jewish/Christian relations, US Refugee policy, and some other stuff I tuned out when I was in my smile and pretend I'm listening stage at the end. At least I had a choice of mulled wine and honeyed mead to take the edge off. The mulled wine was delicious! Now it's time for me to make sure I don't do that kind of thing in the future because that's what negative examples are for.
  9. Our DD (8) is in 3rd grade. We pulled her out of public school in fall of her 1st grade year. She has other issues where she had to have an IEP (not behavior, a physical disability). Bottom line is, it worked well for two years, although there have always been ups and downs in her behavior. She can be hyperactive, challenging. But you know, it worked for two years. But this year the work is a bit harder, it does take a bit more concentration. And she has been SO challenging. She doesn't want to do her work, and she will actually make up numbers or scribble in her book to try to get away with not doing work. Multiple times. And she will shout, sometimes hit. And corner our animals. But then in between can be sweet and intelligent. But you never know when--except if you tell her no or try to correct her work or behavior, watch out. And we also homeschool another older child with ADHD and processing issues. Because of the attention, I have to constantly work to monitor progress. Did I mention one is loud and sensory seeking, and the other needs quiet to focus at all? I am literally shaking as I'm reading this, thinking about putting her back in public school. And this year also I've had some minor physical health issues that I need to get control of. What exactly happens if you enroll a child mid-year in public school? I'm thinking they might not count that year, or might test her abilities and then might not count some of the homeschooling since it isn't public. I'm not fond at all of the option, and we had problems getting and implementing the IEP, but I'm almost to the point of thinking that seeing her behavior corrected by others might help. Or at least give me a small break to regroup during the day. I know we need to pursue more evaluations, but in the meantime I am CRAZY trying to monitor her all the time. Any comments/suggestions would help so much. I need to be able to weigh what the options are. I don't want to pull in and out of school, but I'd look at this as a try it and see how it goes option. Maye?
  10. I signed up with my county to be a substitute teacher and substitute paraprofessional. Yesterday, I was assigned to sub for an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher at my kids high school. During homeroom I was briefed on my students by another ESL teacher. My class was made up of 17 high-school-age students; 15 Spanish speakers, one ?Mixtec? speaker, and one Farsi speaking young lady. The ESL teacher told me that the majority of them cannot read or write in their own language. The poor Mixtec and Farsi-speaking girls had no one to communicate with. He said they speak little to no English. The teacher had left lesson plans for me. My first task was instructing them to write in their journals. I don't speak Spanish so I had to demonstrate everything. I wrote, "This weekend I ______________.". Half of them wrote one or two very simple but complete sentences. Half did not participate. I moved on to my task of introducing the students to science vocabulary (canyon, shore etc.). I demonstrated cutting up strips of vocabulary words and gluing them into their journal (word bank). I then demonstrated gluing in the preprinted definitions. This was a big fail. Huge fail. I was relieved to hear the Bell ring as there was an increasing amount if chatting, jumping around and physical stuff going on. I was losing control over the class. After the class emptied out, the other ESL teacher asked me if I would come back today and fill in again. He was impressed that I was not afraid of the students and that I engaged them. I told him that my science vocabulary task was a failure and he said no worries. I don't think these ESL students are being served in our school. They are so behind. There doesn't seem to be a systematic approach to teaching them English. How are English-language skills acquired in a classroom where the teacher is the only one speaking it? You can't use flashcards with students that can't read the written form of their native language. These kids will age out of public schools at the age of 22. Can they catch up? There doesn't seem to be community support to assist in learning the language. It's discouraging and disturbing. Where will these kids be in 3 to 5 years? I can't stop thinking about these kids!
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