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Bunping this to see how it's going for everyone.

DD is a typical, well-adjusted and progressing kinder, so that's nice to know. She is having a minor night-time potty regression, but it is very infrequent and all else seems pretty okay, so I am just watching to see if it worsens. So far, she continues to chat us up about her day. And, we spend a lot of time writign words, reading, and playing school. All what we expected.

DS is really loving school and his friends, but is having a bit of trouble with the fact that he is a beginning reader and some of his good friends are quite advanced. I knew this would be the case as we had only begun 100 Easy Lessons last Spring, but I didn't know how it would play out. So far, he wants to read with DH or me all of the time. So, we do. He is enjoying reading and seems to understand that his goal (he has told us this, we didn't set it for him) is to "catch-up" to his friends. He is progressing really quickly, so I am not too worried about damage control should he not catch-up. We'll see.

I suppose we are a pretty typical Unschool turned school family at the ages we chose to go to school. But, I wanted to see how others are doing, too. I know the adjustment can be very difficult and I thought I would keep this thread going as a means of support for each of us, regardless of the issues (or lack-thereof).

How is everyone doing??

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DD#1 (asperger's and gifted) is doing great this year. This is her second year of school and last year was bumpy. Painfully bumpy. This year, however, she's happy, learning, and may even blossom.

DD#2 is doing fine with school, but broke her arm really badly, had surgery, is on pain meds, and is just having a bit of a rough go. School is both good and bad in this situation because it gives her something to think about and takes her mind off her arm, but sleep is a bit of an issue right now and she just isn't at her best. Each week is better, and hopefully this will soon just be a bad memory. The is her 3rd year of school.

but everything has pros and cons  shrug.gif

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DS is really loving school and his friends, but is having a bit of trouble with the fact that he is a beginning reader and some of his good friends are quite advanced. I knew this would be the case as we had only begun 100 Easy Lessons last Spring, but I didn't know how it would play out. So far, he wants to read with DH or me all of the time. So, we do. He is enjoying reading and seems to understand that his goal (he has told us this, we didn't set it for him) is to "catch-up" to his friends. He is progressing really quickly, so I am not too worried about damage control should he not catch-up. We'll see.



How is everyone doing??
dd1 who is in ps 1st grade was not reading at all 4 weeks ago, but is now able to sound out most normal phonic words. She would still rather be playing then working on reading at home to "catch-up" with her classmate. My main concern is that ALL they do in class is math, writing and reading... no science, social studies etc. Then she is send home with review work. We could be doing our own science projects.... BUT THERE IS NO TIME.
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I still want the olders in school. I am the one whose teens just needed to go.

The school they are at is a charter school. Everyone there is nice and all. But academically, it is not so great. I am frustrated. I do not think it is the worst. But there are specific issues such as that everything is made in to a group project. I am talking even math assignments. One person does them, the rest put their names on it. I suspect it is supposed to be that they all do it and compare answers, but according to both my teens, it never works out that way. Same thing for all the classes. But the teachers are nice, the kids are nice. It is a complete 180 from last year at the nasty disgusting local public schools.

We are looking to transfer them ASAP though, as our children are college bound. There has to be a school that is good academically as well as having nice people. I hate to switch them around again at the high school level, but I really think it is needed.
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Mixed reviews here.

Overall, she is happy to have people her age to socialise with regularly, but is less than impressed with the boring academics.

We give the staff a mixed report card. Some are wonderful and some are not.

She has been extra grouchy lately - and I sincerely hope it has nothing to do with school, but is typical moody 12 yr old angst.

Linda - I hope your DD heals quickly.
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Mixed reviews here.

Overall, she is happy to have people her age to socialise with regularly, but is less than impressed with the boring academics.

We give the staff a mixed report card. Some are wonderful and some are not.

She has been extra grouchy lately - and I sincerely hope it has nothing to do with school, but is typical moody 12 yr old angst.

Linda - I hope your DD heals quickly.
Someone did tell me that it is hard to go from homeschooling to regular school because at homeschool, you are always moving forward and doing meaningful learning and such. But in a regular classroom, you might spend 2 months on review because the rest of the class needs it. You just do not move forward or have the challenge or good quality academics in a classroom that you have at home.

My sister is a teacher and finishing her grad degree now. She faces this all the time. She is one of the more qualified teachers in our district. But then the administrators, who don't even work in the classrom, will dictate everything they do in the classroom and keep them from doing things that would be good. She wanted to do spelling this year and borrowed one of my spelling books to use as a resource. It is Spelling Workout, so it was not religious or anything. But the principal saw it and informed her of the district policy of not doing spelling. She knew they said that spelling is not a part of what the district does, she did not realize that she was outright banned from doing spelling. But then she will get informed throughout the year of constant changes they make to the curriculum and she just has to adapt on a moments notice. They are always adding things in, never taking away. And if the children do not all finish whatever is on the list, then she gets a bad review. So when a parent goes home and says they are not going to do something for whatever reason, the teacher gets in trouble.

In advanced math at the public school, the kids all had to hand make greeting cards. This is for high school preAP geometry. It took days for them to make it and has nothing to do with geometry. But, it is something that the district orders to be done. They said they have to add something extra in, a project basically, to make it preAP over regular. So the greeting cards were what they decided on. These are not handmade greeting cards to be sent out. These were simply thrown away when done by the teachers. It is that sort of non academic yuckity yuck stuff that is a complete waste of time that bothers those of us who want our children to get a real education. Not just do arts and crafts all day in high school math and such. (although arts and crafts in grade school is fine).
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Bunping this to see how it's going for everyone.

DD is a typical, well-adjusted and progressing kinder, so that's nice to know. She is having a minor night-time potty regression, but it is very infrequent and all else seems pretty okay, so I am just watching to see if it worsens. So far, she continues to chat us up about her day. And, we spend a lot of time writign words, reading, and playing school. All what we expected.

DS is really loving school and his friends, but is having a bit of trouble with the fact that he is a beginning reader and some of his good friends are quite advanced. I knew this would be the case as we had only begun 100 Easy Lessons last Spring, but I didn't know how it would play out. So far, he wants to read with DH or me all of the time. So, we do. He is enjoying reading and seems to understand that his goal (he has told us this, we didn't set it for him) is to "catch-up" to his friends. He is progressing really quickly, so I am not too worried about damage control should he not catch-up. We'll see.

I suppose we are a pretty typical Unschool turned school family at the ages we chose to go to school. But, I wanted to see how others are doing, too. I know the adjustment can be very difficult and I thought I would keep this thread going as a means of support for each of us, regardless of the issues (or lack-thereof).

How is everyone doing??
It seems as if we notice those that are doing things, and not those who are not. Know what I mean? So, if a hand full of children are reading well, we don't notice the other 90% who are not.

My 6 yr old was in public school last year and left the grade ahead of grade level, yet, was barely reading. In fact, he struggled with basic Mat sat on cat. It seemed as if all he noticed (and me too) the kids around him who seemed to read most things. But when I spoke to the teacher, she said it was only a small handful of kids who are ahead like that. Most are at my son's level or lower.

I hope that helps.
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DD#1 (asperger's and gifted) is doing great this year. This is her second year of school and last year was bumpy. Painfully bumpy. This year, however, she's happy, learning, and may even blossom.

DD#2 is doing fine with school, but broke her arm really badly, had surgery, is on pain meds, and is just having a bit of a rough go. School is both good and bad in this situation because it gives her something to think about and takes her mind off her arm, but sleep is a bit of an issue right now and she just isn't at her best. Each week is better, and hopefully this will soon just be a bad memory. The is her 3rd year of school.
Fantastic!~for DD1
Ouch! for DD2. That has got to be tough at her age. Hopefully she'll recover quickly and be herself again very soon.

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dd1 who is in ps 1st grade was not reading at all 4 weeks ago, but is now able to sound out most normal phonic words. She would still rather be playing then working on reading at home to "catch-up" with her classmate. My main concern is that ALL they do in class is math, writing and reading... no science, social studies etc. Then she is send home with review work. We could be doing our own science projects.... BUT THERE IS NO TIME.
Sorry to hear. Pretty frustrating.

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It seems as if we notice those that are doing things, and not those who are not. Know what I mean? So, if a hand full of children are reading well, we don't notice the other 90% who are not.

My 6 yr old was in public school last year and left the grade ahead of grade level, yet, was barely reading. In fact, he struggled with basic Mat sat on cat. It seemed as if all he noticed (and me too) the kids around him who seemed to read most things. But when I spoke to the teacher, she said it was only a small handful of kids who are ahead like that. Most are at my son's level or lower.

I hope that helps.
This is also true of DS's class. His two best friends happen to be advanced, and will tell everyone so as often as they can (e.g. "Look, I am doing my writing on "advanced" paper, and it's harder than yours"), which really should be addressed by the classroom teacher. I can only say so many times that DS is doing exactly what he should be and is getting better all the time. It doesn't mean as much to him coming from me, though. He needs to hear it there.

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Someone did tell me that it is hard to go from homeschooling to regular school because at homeschool, you are always moving forward and doing meaningful learning and such. But in a regular classroom, you might spend 2 months on review because the rest of the class needs it. You just do not move forward or have the challenge or good quality academics in a classroom that you have at home.

My sister is a teacher and finishing her grad degree now. She faces this all the time. She is one of the more qualified teachers in our district. But then the administrators, who don't even work in the classrom, will dictate everything they do in the classroom and keep them from doing things that would be good. She wanted to do spelling this year and borrowed one of my spelling books to use as a resource. It is Spelling Workout, so it was not religious or anything. But the principal saw it and informed her of the district policy of not doing spelling. She knew they said that spelling is not a part of what the district does, she did not realize that she was outright banned from doing spelling. But then she will get informed throughout the year of constant changes they make to the curriculum and she just has to adapt on a moments notice. They are always adding things in, never taking away. And if the children do not all finish whatever is on the list, then she gets a bad review. So when a parent goes home and says they are not going to do something for whatever reason, the teacher gets in trouble.

In advanced math at the public school, the kids all had to hand make greeting cards. This is for high school preAP geometry. It took days for them to make it and has nothing to do with geometry. But, it is something that the district orders to be done. They said they have to add something extra in, a project basically, to make it preAP over regular. So the greeting cards were what they decided on. These are not handmade greeting cards to be sent out. These were simply thrown away when done by the teachers. It is that sort of non academic yuckity yuck stuff that is a complete waste of time that bothers those of us who want our children to get a real education. Not just do arts and crafts all day in high school math and such. (although arts and crafts in grade school is fine).
UGH. Yes, this is a major reason why I left my other life as a public school teacher. It became increasingly difficult to do any of the things that were so meaningful to me as a young student back in the day.

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