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Life and Homeschool journey!

October 2nd, 2015 at 08:56 pm

So, last year I contemplated homeschooling because I was so appalled by the public school system...after volunteering to make sure the kids were safe and to have the staff know/have extra eyes on my kids, it was tough to see because the teachers were really wonderful (and overworked to the max). Yes, even the ones in "good" districts are going by the same type of system...common core AKA the one size fits all learning...whatever it takes to get the kids to pass the tests. Seriously, the 1 to 30 teacher to student ratio is unacceptable and what's even funnier is that they fudge their numbers. If you look up their records/scores etc, they'll say 1 to 22 or 1 to 25. What B.S! So I was torn because it wasn't the teachers lack of effort, love for the children, or inspiration, this is what I saw, it is the system set up so horribly wrong for the teachers and the students. The teachers were amazing, but they were not allotted the tools to really help their students and free up styles to get them to learn.
So, I decided to homeschool/kinda. I'm going through a charter school. I had no idea that although they still have to pass certain standards, testing doesn't start until 3rd grade, where public schools are now starting to test at kindergartenFrown
Anyway, they give a huge stipend (yup, they allow you to choose what they call "vendors" to teach your kid...swimming, karate, art, reading,music etc paid for with their huge list of people that support their charter school.) So, knowing I'd have another kid and not liking what I saw in public school, I decided to try this...and well, I'm liking it along with my children because learning is really cool. They are taking lessons that I'd never be able to afford 2 children and I'm able to alter what they are supposed to learn tailored to them. Wow. what a journey!
Also, today rocked, I received almost $150 refund from amazon that was an old closed account from years back! (I won't get too excited, it's going toward billsSmile

5 Responses to “Life and Homeschool journey!”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Sorry their first school hasn't worked out the way you wanted. I understand. In the 1990s our child was in a school with the nicest kids and teachers, but the rate of learning was just too slow. Coincidentally, I spent long hours (full time) volunteering at the school. We, too, ended up homeschooling. It can be a great experience for all in so many ways. Smile

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    We homeschooled for 3 years, 2 of them through a charter school. It was wonderful. Smile
    Best of luck to you and your family as you embark on this journey.

  3. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    Wow. I can't wait to read more about your journey. I am impressed I have no patience and my kids are extremely stubborn that homeschooling would be a disaster.

  4. Buendia Says:

    You are amazing! I found the same thing with public school (and our schools here are really, really bad), so we opted for private school. If I was a SAHM, I think the homeschooling route would be great! I am with Livingalmostlarge, though... not sure I could do it. Even when I help with a math problem or something small, she gets frustrated with me. And she says every time I help her I start with "Don't yell at me..." That said, they are doing Khan Academy as part of their homework, and it's been great!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    I want to thank you for putting it out there about education. I'm on my 30th year as an educator and what you said it correct...most teachers are doing everything they can and then some, but so many rules and regs are preventing so many students from getting an education.

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