I have been on a six month saga to get my daughter into a preschool. The local programs are state funded by this really cool preschool for all grant. The thing is, there are risk factors. If there is low competition for spots, financial risk can get you in. It makes sense, because a child that grows up in a financially unstable is at higher risk for mental illness, among … [Read more...] about Homeschooling the Preschool Child
My two older kids are going into second and third grade. They were both in accelerated math last year so when they were in first grade and second grade they were doing second and third grade math. Now that they're going into second and third grade, they will be doing third and fourth grade math. I could calculate statistical data to six sigma without breaking a sweat, but … [Read more...] about How to Keep Up With Math in the Summer on the Cheap
Maybe I want too much. Maybe I'm greedy. Maybe nothing is ever good enough for me. Whether or not any of those things apply, I have a problem with the way Universal Class is being run. I'm currently in three classes: Tarot Cards 101 (Why not?) Meditation 101: Learn How to Meditate (I'm a stressed, edgy lady. Grrr.) Creative Writing Workshop (I figure I can't … [Read more...] about Universal Class Review (It’s Falling A Little Short of My Expectations)
It's an old far side joke, I know, it's cheesy and silly and right now feels accurate. This morning, just to keep the kids entertained I gave them color-in worksheets from Super Mom Moments and they really had fun coloring them in. They had to color the verbs, nouns, and adjectives different colors. Is that homeschooling, or is that fun? I guess it's both but I'm still so … [Read more...] about How Do I Determine Reading Placement for My Daughter? (also, kid anxiety is sad)
After various incidents in the school I am thinking that my lovely 2nd grader is not getting the attention, help, or support she needs in school. She is not special needs (except being in the gifted math program at school - if that even qualifies) and she does not have a disability. She does not stick out like a sore thumb and she is not loud or rambunctious. Doesn't it … [Read more...] about Do I want to Homeschool in Illinois? Where do I Start?