Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: in the mountains!!!!!!!!!!!
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i have a very gifted child, she is 6.5 and reading on a college level. she has a lot of higher level math concepts and has had no real math or reading instruction (beyond me just being a "good mom" and doing all the cool stuff we do). we have not done any musical instruction...either. she thinks she knows everything, and quite often she is correct in her thoughts! she is self taught etc. we have done homeschool co-ops mostly for her to just get to learn how to relate to peers. being brilliant can be isolating, she is also very very spiritual and deep. super human. she can be explosive at times, although this is starting to even out as she gets older.
this year we bought a home and i needed to make some extra money. i got two awesome jobs. one is at a waldorf inspired co-op school. she goes to the k for free (without me, i teach the pre k in a different room). it is small and sweet and 3 mornings a week. and i think she has made HUGE progress on how to relate to peers, respect others, and enjoy being a kid. they make bread, enjoy free play, and create really neat crafts and cooking projects. i also work at a cool arts based afterschool program, again i can bring both children, we do lots of art (both taught and free exploration time), free play outside, and homework time (my daughter does random stuff from whatever random thing we are into at the time, a highlights based geography program and a cursive writing workbook have been a recent choice for this time slot).
between both jobs (planning and travel time included) i am working around 30 hours a week now. i have been saying that i think that this year for dd is all about her getting to connect to lots of children (the afterschool is super neat for this b/c there are 12 year olds who have the same tastes in books and able to converse with her more than her 5-6 yr old friends at waldorf school). she is very social, wants to play with friends and have best friends etc...however, like i said, she also has a difficult time connecting with kids and can be explosive...she often says she feels as if she does not belong.
(although, i see her more often running around, laughing, and having fun with other kids) .
anyway, i was reading the what we are doing in jan thread, and it really pin pointed for me what has been bugging me about this year. she is getting really NO academic stimulation. although we did not do a ton of sit down instruction in years before, we did way more than now, which is almost none. besides visiting the library and what she may get into online (american girl.com) or come up with from a highlights puzzler mag, she is just not getting much food for her hungry brain. i mean sure she has learned how to ride a 2 wheeler (on her first try, no lie) and how to make her own eggs and has began dressing her self and sleeping the whole night in her own room....all wonderful signs of GROWTH....
it is too late, i am rambling...i want to give her the world. cello lessons, chess club, dance classes, i should by a math curriculum, and find some cool multi level book club/discussion group for her...we should take more field trips to caves and museums...
but between my 2 yr old's needs, and the chores (i still wash cloth diapers!), and the fact that after long days out...when we are home we just need to veg/relax....(school nights include lots of lego play and every weekend includes at least one hike), i just do not know where to fit in that above listed group of wants. all of which i think are super important and infact, things she needs to be fed, NOW.
i do not see how i can not work for now, this year and next. how can i fit it all in?
i wondered this year if she would not be better off in a charter school (i put her name in the hat for the 2 lotteries for the two local charter schools for next year, just in case). but even then, what grade do i put her in. she would be young for second for next year, but too immature for 3rd or 4th, despite her brain, being a better fit for that level of work.
but even charter schools have a lot of sitting around and doing nothing and blah blah blah. less outside time. less freedom. there would be free music lessons and dance classes and field trips though.
ok i will stop here:
how do i fit it all in? how to i meet her needs?