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
As of now, we have been accepted to BOTH Waldorf schools in our area. I like them both a lot for a variety of reasons, we still need to weigh the feasibility and a few other concerns. I’ll hear back from the lion’s share of the other schools in the first week of April, so I need to continue to keep an open mind moving forward. It is really exciting to know that we’ve been accepted somewhere however, I’m also continuing not to rule out online school, and in fact other homeschool options. I have a close friend who will be homeschooling her children, and while they are quite a bit younger, the age of my younger preschooler, they get a long very well with my children and we may be able to figure out a way to “share” in the homeschooling responsibilities. Continue reading
Excuse us for the long absence. We’ve had a lot going on, and a lot more to think about. I’m beginning to feel that maybe homeschooling isn’t for us. I love the idea of homeschooling, I love her curriculum, I love seeing her passion and knowing that she’s truly understanding and grasping concepts.
However, as a realistic parent, I can tell that working full-time from home and trying to do school with her full-time is not a sustainable model, for either of us. 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