LindaOnTheMove---I love that quote. And I love your ideas. Thanks. In fact, I love all the moms' ideas and responses here. it helps so much to have this community. It is amazing. Yes, so many of my reasons are fear-based, isn't that crazy? Here I am always saying to make decisions based on love and courage, never fear, and I am making ones based on fear.
Ultimate Serj---Yeh, I like the charter school. It would be good for all the kids this year, especially if my son's teacher is even better this year. He was under-challenged last year and bored. He is a really intelligent guy, and wants real mental stimulation. I worry that PS is not where he will get real food for his hungry brain. Not if the work is busywork! Maybe there will be something of substance. I just do not have enough info about that. Anyway, the charter....I love the flexibility, and the fact that it is only two full days a week (Tues & Thur) and also Friday mornings (optional.) It is made for HSers who then do home study the other days (or in our case, just go to the beach and play a lot.) I really like that the teachers respect that the kids are all at really different levels with reading, handwriting, math and everything, and they tend to therefore measure your kid's progress and effort, not final product as much. They can see if a child is making effort to learn, and they get understand when a 5th grader is doing 3rd grade math at home, they don't have any problem with that. It's a great program.
But sometimes it feels like not meaty enough. Not much going on socially, no extracurricular stuff like choir or anything, and a tiny campus where it is a little hard to stretch your wings. Still, I really value that program. Maybe I should just put our first grader there and let the older two attend Big School?
11 YO DD already has two friends meeting her at the new cafeteria on Wednesday, in the new school.
She doesn't waste any time. To her, going to School would be the absolute hugest deal ever. I don't know exactly where she gets the idea that school is the greatest place on earth. ?? Certainly not from me, LOL. But all her friends go, and that exerts a really strong pull.
Feeling conflicted but need to go to bed now. Been up since 4 AM.