As a mom, I am constantly faced with decisions that will form my child for life. I remember having to choose the right preschool for my oldest, so that she can get into the right Kindergarten, otherwise she would be scarred for life and NEVER get into the right college. Lots of “rights”, better not get that wrong!
I was terrified, double guessing every move. We made it through PreS, and then entered a Montessori school. My kid seemed bright enough, she certainly inherited a well working mouth piece and knew how to use it. She also started talking late, never sounded out letters or memorized the alphabet, but was reading at 12th grade level in 3rd grade.
We started homeschooling in 5th grade, for many reasons. I have weighed the pros and cons of this decision over the years, and do every day :).The pro days are when my two kids take something they hear in a History lesson about the ancient city of Mohenjo Daro, Google it, and spend 3 hours exploring this mysterious place….and the same time learning not only time lines, but how they were ruled, how they lived, that they had a full fledged water and sewage system, etc.
Con days are when they drive me crazy because they want to go “play”, but there is no one to play with until after 3, etc, etc. (Please don’t press my “socializing button”, it is NOT the main defunct of homeschoolers, really.)
Anyways, we went to a school info night today. IF, and I say IF, Heike Jr. is to go to Middle School next year for 7th grade, it will be to this International Baccalaureate (IB). But my problem is that the classes they show for 7th and 8th grade are what we are doing this year, my 11 and 6 year old. Except the IB does it as a group and teaches global relationships :), to all gifted students (determined by STAR testing). And there is the whole “socialization”, which honestly, I think is like getting cooties from someone you don’t know :). (My strange analogy…will explain another time.)
I have agreed to ponder and attend a visitation day while we discuss this matter. Again, I am being faced with a decision that will shape the future of child #1. Child #2 benefits from the experience :)…
What I am thankful for: Choices
What I am manifesting: Clarity