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.

 

Tuesday Poll!

Because of the 3 day weekend, I decided to push the poll back to today because… Well, because I’m lazy, that’s why.

My last poll back in August asked if y’all believe in astrology, and 48% said they couldn’t help but just a little.  44% said no way, no how, and only 6% could give a rousing endorsement.  I think I have to lump myself in with the majority, but it’s probably more a case of being brainwashed about it from my younger self reading the comics section of the newspaper every day.

Today’s poll is going to address something the lovely AwesomeMom wrote in a comment:

I have always wanted to see a picture of you, but that may be too personal. I guess the worst you can do is turn me into a frog for asking.

Well, the second worst thing might be turning it into a poll question!

Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

Paul Rudd, you devil you. You are beating everyone by quite the handy margin, causing us to bid sayonara to the lovely Omar Epps.
Today I’m featuring a man who up until a few months ago, I did not know existed.  I did not know he was an actor, or that he was born in Hawaii, or that he was Lisa Bonet’s baby daddy.  But, what I do know is that this is definitely one hunk of a man.  Yowza.
It’s always interesting to me when I pit two men with very different “looks” against each other.  I never quite know how it’s going to pan out.
VERSUS

And, I’ve got a special manly treat for you over at Manolo Beauty!

Well, That Was Refreshing

I know, I know.

I said I would not abandon you over the month of August, and I was only half truthful.

And not that I’m trying to complain (no way, no how) but sometimes it’s hard to write entertaining things on two blogs five days a week.  I try, but I’m not always as successful as I’d like to be.   So, I thought I’d take a bit of a mental break, so to speak.

I wanted to return refreshed and more entertaining and actually be able to string coherent thoughts of my own together, instead of cobbling them from somewhere else.  Which I really hate doing.

Lots happened while I was gone, like hot-saucing and 7 year olds getting thrown overboard and crazy birthday parties for kids that make me sort of want to weep.   Somehow we caught the kid’s party show and the woman spent almost $28,000 on her son’s tenth birthday party.  My  husband and I turned to our son who will soon be turning nine and said in unison, “DO NOT expect to ever have a party like that.”  Kid will be lucky if we spend two hundred.  Seriously, I’m over big birthday parties.  Let him and a couple buddies hang out and do something cool, and I’ll call it a day.

But anyhoo, I’m back now and hopefully you didn’t abandon me in the meantime.

I’ve got a special treat lined up for your viewing pleasure for tomorrow’s CDF, don’t miss it!

 

 

 

Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

Paul Rudd seems to hold many of you in thrall, as he garnered 90% of the vote.  Hank Baskett, you may return to playing football and whatever else it is that you do.  But you do it so cutely, Hank.

Today’s new infusion of handsome has had a successful career in Hollywood for quite a while, and is currently starring with Hugh Laurie in a show called House.

VERSUS

Monday/Tuesday Teeny Poll

A surprising 47% of you think that in some cases, it might be best to stay married “for the kids.” I can totally see where you are coming from. 40% of you believe that in most cases, the answer is no.  Only 11% are in the camp of it is never a good idea to stay married for the sake of someone else, even if it is the children.  You know, I can sort of see all sides of this.  It’s a toughie.

Today’s question is a bit more, erm, fluffy.

Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

ALL RIGHT, FINE.

Don’t say I never did anything for you.

In one of the lowest vote totals evah, Hank Baskett squeaked by Keith Urban by a mere one percent.  That’s gotta hurt.  I’m sure Keith Urban, as a country singer, has at some point sung a lyric about hard luck or what have you that I could quote, but I do not listen to country music.  So, sorry about that.

Today I again feature an actor that surprised me for not already being featured on CDF.  And let me tell you, the man is a chameleon.  Almost every picture of him looked different.  But I picked the one I liked best.  Oh yeah, he’s been in some pretty good movies, and I find that for many, you either love him or hate him.

VERSUS

Oh What the Hell August

August is a hell of a month, ain’t it?

And because it is hot/strangely busy yet somewhat boring, I’m going to be doing a bit of lighter-than normal posting.  Also, my boss said I could.

So.

I’m going to take a page from NtB (or as you now know, Christa Terry) and open up Teeny Manolo for some questions. 

Wanna ask me something?  Surely you need some parenting advice.  Or perhaps you have always pined to know what my favorite food is.

Well, it’s your lucky month.

And, besides answering all the bound-to-be-interesting questions, I’m going for a much looser feel on the blog this month. Maybe more personal, maybe more off the wall, and maybe not always related to kids.  It remains to be seen exactly what, but it should be fun.

Go on, take your best shot.