Ok, writing those down is helpful. Now my rebuttals. I don't know if I really care if people think I'm a flake. I think that the school will respect me for trying to do what I think is best for my son. I'm pretty sure that my son will love homeschool, and I think that when the baby comes in April, it will be ok to dial things back a bit and re-focus. It may be nice to have him around to play with my 2 year old (he adores her).
Scott's main complaints about school are that he is bored, he is not learning anything new, and that the other kids don't listen to the teacher and he loses out on recess time while the teacher waits for other kids to settle down. He also mentioned (to the pediatrician) that the other 1st grade boys who are not in his class make fun of him because he is friends with a girl. He is a high level reader and is an excellent speller, and he's been writing and illustrating his own stories for years. He is a doer and a mover and does not like sitting in a desk all day.
This morning, I really felt like it would be best for Scott to go back to school next week. This doesn't mean I'm giving up the idea of homeschool, but it means that I have some questions to ask the school as I explore the best options for him.
- How does one go about skipping a grade at school? Would it be possible for him to start 3rd grade in the fall (or move into 2nd grade now)?
- Is it possible that he could enter the dual language immersion Spanish program in 2nd grade? I was told there would be openings in 2nd grade, but only for someone who can already speak some Spanish.
- If he is un-enrolled, is there an "earliest return date" that he can come back to school?
- Are you ready to commit to a more regular daytime and night-time schedule?
- Are you willing to have 2 children with you all day?
- Are you willing to commit the time and energy to planning and running homeschool?
- What will Elizabeth (age 2) do while Scott is doing homeschool?
- What is the worst case scenario for homeschool? What is the best case scenario?
- What do you want?
Devotional (and reading/writing)
Read part of the Sunday School lesson for this week
Review memory work on 1 Nephi 3:7
Write out 1 Nephi 3:7 by memory, then correct it against the scriptures
Practice addition and subtraction with online flash cards
Practice general math playing Junk Pile at http://www.sumdog.com/game/play/ (I love this game!)
Review the names of the states playing hangman (I didn't plan this, but Scott found it and wanted to do it)
Individual reading and free play
(Is this something I need to document? I think it's just a part of every day.)
After reviewing what we did today, I feel more confident that homeschooling would be a good thing for Scott. I feel ready with math and reading and writing and Spanish (just found a great kids website for learning Spanish!). I'd like to find a good history curriculum. I have Story of the World, volume 1, but as my husband has been reading it, he has found some serious discrepancies in the stories that are being told. I also don't like the lack of sources mentioned in the text. Maybe we can use the book as a very loose outline and use other books as reading material, as mentioned in the activity book. Any of you have a history curriculum that you love? Or other books/websites that you love and use in your homeschooling?