until we officially started homeschooling today. :(
They're in 5th and 7th grades. We're using the Oak Meadow curriculums for each grade.
They are bright, intelligent, good-natured, compassionate kids. I'm just shocked at how little they are used to doing and how low their expectations were.
They've always gone to small rural schools that focused on bringing all of the kids to the standards, but now I'm seeing that means bringing all kids to the minimum, not above.
They seem to have learned factual info but not critical thought and analysis and definitely not how to communicate critical thought. So they are fine in the math, but not in the english/social studies/science, as it's approached in Oak Meadow. They can identify facts and answer questions, but not put together the info into a short essay. (I'm not even talking about a polished essay. I just don't see the thought coming together.)
The Oak Meadow materials are asking for one or two page essays in the 5th grade curriculum. My daughter is having trouble coming up with a half page and doesn't understand how to organize the paragraphs. She tends to pick 5 facts and write them that way instead of coming up with a few facts on each subtopic (who, what, where, when) and then organizing them into paragraphs.
I know they'll adjust, but I'm frustrated seeing how much they have not learned in school, which they will have to learn now. I feel like the public schools' basic standards approach has failed the kids. What good is knowledge without analysis and communication? I wish I would have had them in a private Waldorf school or had homeschooled from the start.
It's as if their goal is to do the minimum to get the good grade. The minimum standard was never very high in their schools and it's showing to me now.