Himself and I went to meet with the principal today. I think the guy thinks I am a moron. "What do you know about homeschooling?"
"Absolutely nothing" is my succinct reply. Well it's TRUE! I explained that this is not something I WANT to do, it's something I feel I have to do for my son. I explained about the ADHD and what my goals are for this year (which is basically to teach him socially acceptable coping skills and then kick him out the next year back into regular school.) This guy is obviously keen on homeschooling.
Which is not surprising as that is what this school is about. They hold no regular classes. All children meet once a week for a full day (however he carefully explained that if the little guy can't handle a whole day, he can go 1/2 day either morning or afternoon), they also meet once a month for field trips. Apparently there is sports, music, drama and other "extra-curricular" activities that I can enroll Theo into as well.
I have to report in about every thirty days with what I'm teaching, how he's getting on and if he's not progressing well, I get called in and get the "how can we help" chat.
He continued on with "some parents ask us for the curriculum for teaching their children. Like there is a "One shoe fits all" program." Apparently there isn't. As the teaching parent I have to choose what books he will use and a "program" that fits him. Um, excuse me. I don't know how to choose a study course or books. Just tell me which books to use! I get that parents new to this don't even have a beginning idea and what just to be told what to use and what to do. This is a bit overwhelming.
Was then shown over to the "library" where they keep course materials. I found a puzzle that is the map of the U.S. Nabbed that. A spelling bee game. Nabbed that. Took a brief look at the math and almost left right there. Grabbed their copy of "Homeschooling for dummies and a book on course curriculum for the 4th grade and how to teach cursive. Oh and a "Brer fox and Brer Rabbit" book for reading and an art book. Called it quits.
Notice any social studies books? Science? Health? Nope... didn't get any of those. I took what I could manage for one day.
Friday I have to go back. I have to have a sit down with his teacher who will go through all the ins and outs of homeschooling and the program they use online. And if I have any questions, I can ask them then.
Do I have any QUESTIONS? ARE YOU NUTS??? Of course I have questions... Like am I nuts for doing this? Where do I find the books the kid needs? How do I go about ordering them? How do I get him signed up for other programs? ETC!
Tomorrow I have to go un-enroll him from his current school. Then I have to call Miss Wisconsin to set up his IEP.
One thing I did get from another parent who was in the library. McGruff books and www.rainbowresource.com. Apparently I go find what I want on line, print out a wish list and take it to the school so they can order what I want, if they don't already have them.
I get the feeling that this is a fairly new program. Lots of books for kindergarten through second. Not much of anything after that.
I'm still worried that I'm going to screw this up. There is so much I still don't know. And have you noticed any actual teaching going on? Me either. He doesn't start to go INTO his one day a week until the 19th. And right now I'm not planning on starting until Monday. I might do some art with him, play with the puzzle and the spelling bee. But right now, until I talk to his teacher, there doesn't seem to be much point!
Oh, I did find out that Himself thinks I'm nuts. He's just going with the flow because he knows that once I make up my mind to do something, I'm going to do it come hell or come high water. He did say (to the principal) that he was glad that as a backup, real school was there. I don't think he has much confidence in me. Well, that makes two of us. Throw in my parents, that makes 4 of us.
One last piece of joysome news, the principal says it takes about 2 months to transition from kid to student role and to accept the "mommy" to teacher roll. He said this with a rather interesting expression on his face that I translated to "Mabuting kapalarem" Which is probably horrendously spelled Tagalog for "Best of luck!"