Originally Posted by zeldabee
Yeah, it seems that way. The fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants and no support whatsoever seems to make this especially difficult as a single parent. Seriously, they do not sell themselves as an volunteer-cooperative-DIY kind of deal, but that's what it feels like.
I could look at charter schools for next year--in fact I'll definitely at least look at Trillium. That's a pretty involved process in and of itself, though, researching charter schools, applying, the lottery to get in. They're all over the city, too, so I'd end up with a school-work-commute logistical mess any way I look at it.
Makes me wonder just how many single parents just send their kids to the local public school and be done with it. (Not judging anyone who does, BTW...besides which, the rest of my family thinks I'm crazy for struggling to send my kid to private school.)
Need to get back to work, but I'm having such a hard time focusing. My productivity goes down the toilet after about 2pm.
I had a similar experience when I was a single mama. Caleb went to a bilingual montessori school for pre-k and K and that was great;it was on a fee-scale and very supportive. Then I wanted to keep him alternative schools and went through three in the first two years of elementary. Jumped through many hoops, commuted, all that and none worked for us. And he begged to go to our neighborhood public school. I struggled with the idea but once he went and I really connected with our neighbors and got involved in the school, it was a great experience for both of us.
Not at all saying that is what you need to do but it made life so easy for me. It was free, it was close and it allowed us to makes supportive connections with neighbors which can make a huge difference as a single parent. I do believe you can find an alternative school that works for you but I recommend living close to it as that does make such a difference in ease for a busy mama.
Originally Posted by Lovely
I got some good news today regarding my job -- looks like they have a study for me to work on, and the work is HERE IN PORTLAND!!!
What fantastic news
Originally Posted by papayapetunia
So, speaking of enrolling your kid in the neighborhood public school, Tania has decided to go to school and I went to go sign her up today. It's a perfectly nice school (Llewellyn) but I wanted to cry anyway. We're going from a very relaxed family atmosphere to a hectic life where we don't see her for most of the day. She wants to have the kind of childhood that she sees on TV where kids go to school and hate math and think their teacher is lame. I totally understand where she's coming from. I used to beg my parents to let me come home from boarding school and have the kind of life where I walk to school and all that. Well, I'm sure it will all be fine, but I'm feeling a major loss and I just want to cry.
I hear your pain mama. That does sound so hard coming from having a positive homeschooling experience with the family. My older son has gone to public school since 3rd grade and he loves many aspects of it but does struggle with his independent, free-thinking spirit fitting into the authoritarian system. I notice he does well in classes with cool, relaxed teachers and horrible in ones with uptight teachers. But for him, the social "normal" part is wonderful and he says he would never want to homeschool (I have offered numerous times).
It might be something she just wants to check out and experience and then she may come right back home. I am so glad you are listening to her!