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Will She Let Me Try?

G asked me today how I could teach two children at home. I gave an example of a typical math class. The first 20 minutes (after children are settled down and attentive) are spent on the mini-lesson, introducing, reviewing or reinforcing the concept being learned. Then about 15 to 20 minutes are spent on classwork and then the homework is introduced and the directions reviewed. During this time the teacher has to meet the needs of approximately 20 children who are all at different stages of understanding. Some “get it” some don’t and some just “get” enough to “get by”.

The beauty of learning at home is that there is no need for a mini-lesson that meets so many different learning styles and needs. I can focus only on G and when she is working independently, shift my focus to L. They would both do math at the same time. Perhaps it would be the same concept with very different independent work or it may be totally different concepts. I know that L needs to review math. Not onl…

Socialization?

Social and Socialization are two very different words:Social - relating to pleasant companionshipSocialize - adapt to social needs, participate in a social gathering.Source: Webster’s New Dictionary.My daughter is a social child. I enjoy every moment I spend with L. She is lively, vivacious, and humorous. Her wit is sharp and intelligent. Often, her humor goes unnoticed by other children but makes an impression on adults in her company. She is generous, giving much of her time making gifts of art and poetry for those she loves. She is an avid reader and enjoys discussing the books she reads. L participates in her weekly Sunday school class with 15 other children. She has participated in church groups and last year sung in the children’s choir at a monthly mass. She has attended dance lessons, performed in two recitals and a Christmas Pageant. She takes piano lessons and recently performed in her first piano recital. L is a social child. Within all these groups she is al…

Glitches

Before sending my certified letter of withdrawal, I was encouraged to join a legal defense fund. I chose to join HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Fund) www.hslda.org. For a yearly membership fee, families are provided with legal advise and if needed, legal representation. I equate it to an insurance policy. Hopefully I would not face opposition from my school district, but a plan would be in place should the need arise. As part of my research, I found that my district has no documented record of hostility towards homeschooling families.
Today I placed my first call for advice. The Board of Education sent me a letter acknowledging my letter of withdrawal. Rather than complying with my stated date of 12/24/09, they made her withdrawal effective immediately. By the time I got to the office of my daughter’s school, she had already been removed from the office computer records. I explained that an error had been made on their part and my letter was not adhered to. I stated th…

The Journey

When my child was having ear problems that the family physician could not regulate, I took her to a specialist. When the specialist could not determine the cause of her ear pain, I was perplexed. What do you do when the specialist can’t solve the problem? You keep trying. By chance when L was at her sister’s orthodontist appointment, I asked for a consultation. Upon inserting his pinky fingers into L’s ears and feeling the bones in her jaw move as she opened and closed her mouth, he asked me if she ever experienced ear pain. She was experiencing pain daily. He said he understood why and set about to correct the alignment of her jaw that was causing pressure on her eustachian tubes. Within a week she felt relief. It should not be a surprise to many that since L has been experiencing prolonged emotional difficulty in school, I have tried to solve the problem. I have spoken to teachers, set up play dates, prompted her to make conversations and at times acted as her mouthpiece. …