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Ugh. I wish we had a general "Education" forum because I'm not sure if this post would be better suited to Learning at Home or Learning at School.
Today, DS said to me "I'm behind in Hebrew reading." My heart broke when he said that.
Isn't it enough that he's learned to read and write in English this year? I'm glad he's been learning the Hebrew alphabet along with the English one since preschool, but I'm wondering if the academic pressure isn't too much for him. He's only 5 years old and in Kindergarten- I didn't even learn to read until 1st grade.
I'm just so torn between wanting to give him the "best education" and wanting him to be relaxed and enjoy learning and have time to be a child.
I went to public schools growing up, and I don't want that for my children. I'm not even considering that as an option. I'm torn between putting him in a Jewish Day School or home schooling him. There's just stuff they can teach there that I'm not sure I can. How can I teach davening (prayers) when I don't do them myself every day? I know how to run a Jewish household but I'm not an expert on all the stuff they learn in the Jewish schools- prayers, Hebrew language, Tanach (bible studies) and I don't want him to lose out. I also feel like, if I don't keep him in Jewish schools, he may have a really hard time going back into one later.
But then I question my own energy and patience levels and wonder if I really can homeschool two different kids, with different temperments and needs.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults