I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that I’m a big supporter of public schools, and charter schools IF THEY WORK. Currently in my state many charter schools test scores fall well below the other district schools and those other schools for the most part aren’t posting very impressive scores. Minnesota is now 2nd worst in the country with the achievement gap, and while there seems to be a lot of talk about solutions, I’m not seeing a lot of effective change, in the public awareness, or the schools ability to drive change and start closing these gaps. Continue reading
Work has gotten very busy lately, so I’m thankful that my mother has been around to lend a helping hand on the days when client meetings keep me busy, and GM has gotten in to a schedule that allows me some flexibility in scheduling. I do still have to remind her on occasion to refer back to her daily plan when she us unsure of what to do next. I’m considering actually creating a daily time chart, however, I’ve struggled in the past with managing that as sometimes an art lesson takes 35 minutes and sometimes it takes an hour and a half. I worry that if I create time limits on things it may create an artificial pressure to complete tasks when it isn’t needed. Continue reading
Things have been moving along. We’ve gotten back the results of two of the lotteries we’re in. She’s in 82nd place for one and 32nd for the other. With class sizes averaging about 18-25 I’m not really hopeful about either of those options. However, we’ll still hang out on the list. Continue reading
- Flexibility – My days are never predictable, as much as I strive for a routine, it’s not usually completely consistent, and it’s great to be able to take spelling lessons on the go, or double up on a science lesson if needed. Or when it’s too busy for school, being able to skip something in that moment, or even that day, and loop back at a more convenient time.
- Quality Time– I’m very lucky that I have a kid that loves learning and is very self motivated, which means most of the time we spend together in school is positive time learning, and bonding. Every once in a while we’ll hit a snag, but so far we’ve been really able to problem solve through them, or decide to put the lesson down and come back to it when we aren’t feeling so frustrated. Continue reading
The School hunt continues, while we are also completely immersed in 2nd semester work for online school. GM* is starting her first official report, in which she chooses a topic, in this case an animal, to write about. She’s chosen Dolphins as her topic, so we’ll need to slot in some library time this week to research them.
Sure, I could use Wikipedia, but I want her to learn the skill of actually having to go look something up and using reference texts. Granted, the bar for this research paper is age appropriate so she’s really only writing 3-5 paragraphs on her topic, yet I remember that I loved these papers as a child and often wrote much more than that. Continue reading
Have you ever thought about starting a Charter School? I’ve been giving it some serious thought.
Yes. some very serious thought.
I do after all live in Minnesota, the birth place of Charter Schools in the country.
I love the online curriculum, but I just keep thinking to myself, I CANNOT be the only mother who is disappointed in the current local schooling options for my child. Yes, Minnesota has many, many private school options, but frankly, with a child in full-time daycare, I’m not able to afford private school tuition as well. Minnesota also has many charter schools in existence, but very few with a focus on gifted children, truly gifted, not just accelerated. Continue reading
This year has flown by. It is also the first year since my daughter started kindergarten that the upcoming thanksgiving break hasn’t been a stressful, tearful experience. In previous years, this would mark the time of first conferences, historically that hasn’t gone really well for us, then followed by strange short weeks, lots of excitement, and lots of extra sugar, which would only cause my child to bounce off the walls, and then get yelled at. (That’s a whole post in itself.) Continue reading