It’s been one of those days. There’s just no good way to put it. There were good things, bad things, and just plain ugly things. Okay, I can’t even say bad, just frustrating, and that part was only trying to convince Luca to take a much needed nap.
Because I’m the kind inclined to get the nasty part over with, let’s start with the ugly news. Beekee’s teacher is a (inset something unpleasant here). I can’t even think of a good word for it myself, at least not without getting vulgar. She found out Beekee might be homeschooling, and then cornered the poor kid to tell him he doesn’t have to homeschool if he doesn’t want to, and won’t he miss his friends from school? It was awful to hear him come home and say he suddenly doesn’t want to homeschool because he was going to miss his friends and his teacher told him he didn’t have to.
Now, let me just put something out there, straight as I can be. The teacher not only had no right to do that, but completely overstepped her bounds in raising my kid. Beekee is 9 years old. That is most definitely not old enough to decide for himself if he homeschools or stays in school. That was not her place, and she completely undermined the preparation I’d done in getting Beekee ready to homeschool.
Well, I’m going to solve that as best I can. I’m sending Beekee to school with letters to his friends’ parents giving them my contact information. That way they can set up play dates with Beekee still if they want to. If they don’t, well, it’s sad that he’s going to lose friends, but it just means we need to work on making more friends. We’re going to be working on getting a car come tax season, so we can get out and go to homeschool play dates for the local group. I think it would be good for them. Plus there’s always trips to the Saturday library events. Undoubtedly there will be other things we can get out and do for the kids to meet people. It’s not going to be nearly so bad. I’m not going to let this one incident scare me off of homeschooling, especially playing on the guilt I’d already been feeling about taking the kids away from their friends.
So, now that the nasty business is taken care of, let’s move on to the good news side of things. We’re making some progress on the homeschool front. It’s not going to be long before we’re doing school at home full time!
The first good thing that happened today was making contact with the schools. The 15th was the day I determined we would have the kids out of school by. I’ve revised my statement. The 15th is the day I want to have everything in process with the schools. If the kids don’t come home for a few days after that, I’m okay with that. It just gives me more time to get everything in order.
And learning at home hasn’t been all together a drag either. Sander and Beekee are starting to get into the reading swing of things. Both of them are doing their reading out loud every day without too much problem. Sander is working with the Star Wars Phonics Book Set. It’s not really curriculum, which I love, and the books are good at vocabulary building, so Sander doesn’t get too frustrated. It’s a good match for us.
Then there’s our other discovery. Sander actually likes the Primary Phonics Workbooks. He’s been incredibly turned off from reading and writing by school, but this is giving him a good place to start at a level that’s comfortable. It’s not very “unschooler” of us, but if he likes it, it works for me. Actually, if he likes it, that kind of makes it unschooling, now doesn’t it? If it gets him into reading and writing, all the better!
And now for the final thing, he’s something Luca managed to do with my necklace that we’re still trying to figure out how he did it. We’ve tried to replicate it with absolutely no luck. I have no idea how it worked.
These are the moments I’ve missed while the kids were in school, watching them figure out how to do crazy things. They don’t have as much time for it now that they’re in school full time. They’re crazy, inventive, playful kids, but school has kind of taken it out of them. They’re no longer in love with the idea of learning, but we’re getting back there. We’ll be there before long.