Background: my second grade boy has been at a spanish immersion school since kindergarten. He has never been evaluated for IQ but has had an academic assessment (privately,not through school at end of kinder) and he placed very far above grade level, some areas at grade 6. He was a very early reader and has a natural curiosity which I have gone to great lengths to nourish. I was very interested in homeschooling him after he had a go at kinder but husband put the kabosh on it. He wanted to give it a good solid try before pulling him out. One reason is that we have 3 younger boys who would be garaunteed a spot at the immersion public school, otherwise its a slim chance enrollment via lottery.
Dh won that one.
First grade was decent. He managed to make lots of friends. Many of them in our neighborhood which is very nice. He is a very social guy. Now second grade. I am not impressed. The GT program is looking grim. Meets once per week for 45 minutes (as far as I can tell, there has been no communication as to how it's all going to work).
Here is the problem: so far there is alot of busy work homework which my son finds very boring. Writing and rewriting the words of the week, math worksheets that my 4 year old can do. Not to mention reading logs for both english and spanish reading. In a month they will have a fund raising read-a-thon where they have to log time read as well. My son is a voracious reader by nature. Getting the time in is not a problem. I have a problem with all the forcing of loging time read. It takes the joy out of it for our whole family. I understand that some kids need this kind of homework and reading enforcement, but he certainly does not. He is there for 6.5 hours per day. Then more of this nonsense at home (sorry for my attitude!). It takes away from family time and...learning time! He learns by leaps and bounds in summer at it all comes to a screeching halt when school starts.
I'm just not feeling it.
What are my options? Homeschooling? What else? He is currently enrolled in EPGY open enrollment as an extra activity that he enjoys. But, once again, time is a factor.
Interested in hearing your thoughts and if you have had a similar situation or feelings.