Homeschooling- Free Your Mind

After a months-long battle with the school district, I finally got them to admit my son into the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program.  I won’t bore you with all of the frustrating details, but suffice it to say a bunch of stuff happened wherein a comprehensive IQ test was administered to the Munchkin, and wherein the district failed to interpret the results correctly for many moons, despite my prolific (yet always polite) emails describing to them EXACTLY how to fix the problem.

They kept putting me off and putting me off until the week before traditional school was about to start.  After being told that my son’s scores were not satisfactory and he would not be a good candidate, they finally did what they should have done from the beginning and lo and behold!  Wait, your son IS really smart! Sorry we didn’t listen to you ALL SPRING  AND SUMMER  and ignored your emails and treated you with condescension when you visited us in person.  Ooops, he’s in the 95th percentile, we actually DO want him in the program!  Did we say we didn’t? We didn’t really mean that.

And my husband and I, for many reasons, pique being a small part of it, decided against enrolling him at the GATE magnet school and chose to continue homeschooling instead.

I dunno, I’m a rebel, I guess.

But really, I’m probably one of the most normal people you will ever meet.  I just happen to think that given the opportunity, nothing beats a one-on-one teaching ratio.  There is also a big difference in what I do, which is called “school at home” versus “homeschooling.” Mine equals state-approved curriculum and credentialed teacher visits, whereas the other is a bit more free form.

I will admit that it is quite intoxicating to be free of the entire school rut.  I watch as my neighbors rush off in the morning to drop the kids off in time, and then six hours later go to pick them up.  And while I certainly don’t feel sorry for them, I don’t envy them, either.  I don’t miss all of the “stuff” that comes with going to traditional school, from the begging for money school fundraisers to the annoying class projects to having the principal call my home every week with a pre-recorded message, to having to buy all the clothes and supplies at a certain time.   It is all very freeing.

And yet intimidating at the same time.

But I think we’ll get through it just fine.

 

4 Responses to “Homeschooling- Free Your Mind”

  1. marvel September 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    Glinda, it’s time to move past your fear of becoming one of *those* homeschoolers. Face it: your choices of public schools in your area are disastrous, run by ninnies (based on the tales you have told here in years past). You have made a perfectly logical choice that is best for your family. No need to be sensitive or defensive about it.

    What sort of enrichment projects will the Munchkin be doing? Did you get him into a robotics camp over the summer or were they all prohibitively expensive?

    • Glinda September 8, 2011 at 10:44 am #

      Oh I KNOW I’m not one of those homeschoolers, it is just that there is such a (usually) negative connotation that comes with homeschooling.

      But you are right, I do feel the need to defend my choice, probably because nobody in my family (mom, dad, sister) is happy about it, so I guess I’m projecting?

      Well, we are all about the field trips, so there are a lot of those planned. He is also enrolled in Spanish classes and a science lab. We are currently looking into piano lessons, which should be interesting.

      As for the robotics camp, I did find one he was able to attend, but the drama surrounding that entire week was horrible, and he wound up only attending three days because the camp paired him up with an a-hole kid who wound up hitting him. I’m still trying to get my money back.

      My summer was chock full of DRAMA.

      • marvel September 8, 2011 at 11:59 am #

        Okay, so I don’t feel so bad that we were totally lazy and didn’t sign our girls up for any camps!!

        • Glinda September 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

          No, don’t feel bad at all. You see, if he had his druthers, my son would stay home all the time, so I sort of have to force him to get out sometimes.