Sunday, December 26, 2010

What About Socialization

Socialization?
How is that even a big concern?  No, I'm serious...out of all the things to be legitimately concerned about - socialization??
Let me tell you what my child will no longer be exposed to by attending school -
"cause she gets nothing from me, she only get dick, way down in her tummy"
 Because apparently it's cool to be gangsta' in 6th grade like Little Wayne.  Who knew?
Very slowly other stuff is coming to light.  Like the time some kid smacked all his books out of his hands in the hallway and he lost his flash drive because of it.  Bullying is not new to us.  It is also not the reason why we are homeschooling him either. 
Now back to socialization.  He is in organized activities such as Boy Scouts, Wrestling and Baseball.  He also has a strong base of friends around our house.  He will be joining Basketball in a few weeks.  I just signed him up for the Teen Center by our house.
I'm pretty sure we can put a check mark next to socialization.
 

Friday, December 17, 2010

I Got This!

I wasn't expecting a call from the principle.  Really - I wasn't.  I just assumed that I would send out the letters necessary to withdraw Cody to the administration center and one to the principle of the school, get my little green delivery confirmation post cards back in the mail and be good to go.
But I got a call yesterday.  Actually, both Dave and I got a call.  But you see, my husband works during the day.  He happens to be a teacher and was busy teaching and do teachery stuff.  So I fielded the call.
There isn't any one reason why we are pulling our son.
I don't know if that is what he was looking for, a specific reason or instance or circumstance, but there isn't one.  It's a culmination of a lot of stuff.
It's not grades (he's currently getting 7 A's and 1 B)
It's not disciple (oh please! his teachers love him)
He's bored, he isn't being challenged, a public school cannot divert off it's conveyor belt production of educating children to accommodate my child.
But we have the ability and means to pull him off that conveyor belt.
And yes, I know it's a big decision.  It was not one that was made in haste.
Oh and by the way, I got this!  And I have the resources and minds of professionals (a legion, really) to tap into to allow my child to flourish and not be stifled.  To love learning and not be bored. 
But thanks for your concern (wink, nod, point).

Monday, December 13, 2010

Once It's Sent Certified Mail It's OFFICIAL

This morning while Cody was eating breakfast he motioned his head towards some paperwork on the dinning room table and asked "What's that?"
"The letters that I need to send out today to let them know that we are withdrawing you from school and we will be homeschooling you." 
"Oh, okay"
"Do you still want to do it?"
"Yep"
"You sure, because once I send the letters that's it?"
"I only have to do like three hours of school work a day?"
I nod yes
"...and I don't really have to do anything in January?"
"Well, technically no.  We will be going to the library and to museums and on field trips so that we can figure out what you want to study and I'm sure Dave will be assigning Algebra."
"Okay, that's cool."
He then gets up to put his breakfast dishes in the sink and heads to the bathroom to brush his teeth.
Note to self - conversational skills need to be covered.  What I'm dying to know is what he is really thinking, what he really feels about what is about to happen.  What we have gotten is that he will miss one specific teacher because she is funny, his net-book and his friends.     

I just returned from the post office where I sent two letters certified mail with confirmations.  One is going to the administration center and the other to the school that Cody currently attends.  Effective January 5, 2011 we will be homeschooling him.  As of right now I don't have any lesson plans or goals set, but it's official and it's going to be fine.    

Sunday, December 5, 2010

What Is Educational Anarchy?

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