New to online HS and very nervos!
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|Wed, 08-22-2012 - 8:04pm|
This is my first year homeschooling my children. I have a little girl going into the 3rd grade. She tested at the online schools program as gifted and talented. I also have an 8th grade son. We start school on Monday. It seems like I will be in touch with the teachers all the time and my kids will have the teachers avaliable to them whenever needed during the school day. Both of my kids seem super excited about it and being at home with me all day. I am nervous on many levels because I was not doing the math my son was doing until I was a junior in High School. I am afraid to fail them.
I am also nervous because I was in some ways forced into this online homeschooling program. Last december at a public school my daughter faced 3 seperate sexual assualts within a 2 week period of time that just escalated each time. They were done by boys her same age. The school failed to do anything about it and when I turned to the district i felt I was getting somewhere. It was only after several weeks and many meetings did we realize they were not looking out for our daughter and her or the boys best intrest. I am now taking action against the school and the families of the boys.
I just never planned to educate my kids this way. My daughter is very beautiful but she is so smart and bright.My understanding from the parents is that she was the IT girl of the school. Not only that but she made sure that the children who were disableded were always involved. She even took time with one boy who did not speak to figure out away to communicate with him. My son took part in sports and holds some state titles for his school. He did very well in school until this happened to his sister ( she told him of the 3rd incident that was so awful I can't talk about it) and he dropped off the rader. He needed therapy just as mush as her. he said to me one night " Mom do you recall how I begged you and Dad to give me a little sister? When we found out we were having a girl I remeber crying because I was so happy. Mom, I thought I could protect her.I am supposed to protect her she is my baby sister." he was crying and in tears. I had to remind him that it was not his job to protect her and none of us would have ever seen this coming.But I couldn't tell him at the time I myself felt I failed as a mother.
Don't get me wrong the program is far better than the school district in my area but I feel my children have been ripped off from the social aspect of school. I feel other kids who need a kind hearted child around them such as my kids have been ripped off.And yes in alot of ways I feel ripped off. I am woundering how am I going to get the house clean, run errands, get to appts. etc?
I do feel better that I am going to have them here with me every single day and not in these schools where as you can tell from above, who knows what can happen! I am excited that they have a chance a a better education with the online program because it is so far superior. My daughter corrected her teachers spelling many times last year. I was there to witness it once and was shocked. My sons history teacher bragged to us how she would just let him teach the class because he knew far more about history than her and how he would correct her on some things.I didn't say anything but I felt very mixed about that comment because on one level I was proud of my son and on another I was embarrassed that a school district would have these types of teachers.Also in my son Lit class the teacher would just hand them a vocabulary list on Monday,have the students look up the words in the dictinary and defie them in there own words. He would do little things with them through out the week. Than on Friday he would test them. That was it. No reading no study on the english language no poems nothig. At the end of the year the teacher asked what he could do to improve his class. My son rasied his hand and said " How about we actually study Language Arts.You know the art of the language and spoken words. Read some books,poems and plays. This class should have been called Vocabulary class." My son said he didn't think the teach knew what to say because he just said he would consider it for next year.I don't think it was disrespectful of my son to say those things to the teacher but rather I think it was very disrespectful of a teacher to waste the childrens time.
I have our day all laid out. I want to do P.E. everyday first thing in the morning at 7:30. What are somethings I can do with two kids for P.E.? My son and I enjoy running but what about the little one and on snow days? How do I get organized? Right now the books and my mannuals are still in boxes.Any advice would be welcomed at this point.Thanks in advance!