Friday, February 19, 2010

Making Decisions

Here are my kids playing king and queen. they are trying to look as serious as possible.  They even turned their Burger King crowns to where Ryan's showed a man on his and a girl on Ivy's crown.  They only have to homeschool for a few hours and do some chores. They think they have it super tough!  Seriously!  They don't remember what it was like to be in a school all day and come home only to do more homework.  We had very little time with them.  After school and homework, we had maybe 3 hours if I was lucky to be with them.  I try to remind them of this but they don't remember.  Actually, I don't force the kids to choose homeschooling.  They chose to be homeschooled this year but a couple of them want to attend a really good charter school next year. Ryan doesn't.  He wants to stay with me homeschooling through SOS.  Ivy will be starting her first year of school and she is adamant about wanting to have a backback and go to a classroom to meet friends and have a playground.  She's so excited to finally be turning 5 and attending school.  :)  Such a socialite.  I remember what that was like.  So if she wants to, I'll definitely let her.  Especially since a couple of her brothers will be there with her.  So maybe next year I'll have just 3 at home.  Weird!  It'll be so quiet. Chaz will be working along with someone next year being that there a two Asperger kids attending that school. I'll be monitoring him closely to make sure he's getting what he needs and won't have a repeat of his 2nd grade year where he was left in a hallway everyday.  In a hallway.  I still can't believe it. One full year I entrusted my kids to a public school.  Chaz never once told me he was being left out in a hallway alone.  He was allowed to only listen to the teacher from the outside but not be in the classroom.  The kids called him freak because of it.  Chaz never ever told me this until just a few months ago.  I was heartbroken.  I talked to this new charter school and questioned them intensely to see if this could happen again.  This time, I'll be more available to "drop in" the school and see more of what's going on.  This will be a different place and it's not a public school so we're checking it out.  Anyhow, this is the discussion we've been having in our house a lot lately.  Talking with my kids, I never usually force one way on them concerning school.  Whether they want to be homeschooled or attend school elsewhere.  It's something I let them decide.  So it's different each year.  The funny thing is when my boys weren't reading very well because of the school system, I took them out and taught them myself. When I put them back in the next year, the teacher was impressed and said my kids were more advanced than their peers. I thought that was interesting since those were the same peers that my kids were falling behind from previously.  Gosh, I only homeschool a few hours a day verses how many hours they had to spend in school not including all the homework.  Hmmm....  Putting them back in, it's good to know I've given them a head start and once again they'll be ahead so I'm sure that will give them the confidence they need attending with a new class.  Anyhow, I'm just talking aloud.  Trying to work it all out in my brain and writing it down helps. 
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