#1 I read this, and it pretty much summed up my feelings on homeschooling.
#2 Dark green carpet may not show dirt... but... it shows EVERYTHING else.
#3 I went into the school to talk to Kid's teacher. I asked her how Kid was doing socially. She said "Fine". When I told her she was actually having a hard time adjusting, blah, blah, blah, and that there were some mean kids, etc., the teacher responded with....
"Well, we all have our hardships."
(FYI, that was not an acceptable response.)
I also had to bear the heartbreaking disappointment of seeing that the kids' desk were all prepped for the next morning with their stacks of worksheets. I know we get about 10 home everyday... but... I didn't know it was this bad. I wouldn't wish a boring non-stop paperwork job on an adult... I certainly am not going to sit back and resign a year of my child's life to that. REALLY. This is the actual learning style of that classroom. They walk in, sit down, and work on worksheets ALL DAY. It's raining... no recess you say?... no problem... they don't have free play... they have FUN WORKSHEETS to do in their desks. SERIOUSLY. These kids are SEVEN YEARS OLD.
#4 Kid is coming out of that school before Christmas. That I can goddamn guarantee you.
I talked with Kid about some choices. I talked to her about another private school. "They don't have any worksheets there." I said. She was excited, then said slightly concerned, "What about fun worksheets, like coloring ones?" "Honey, at this school you can draw whatever you want." She had a huge smile.
I may not know what we're going to do next. And I may not know how it will be. But I do know it will be better than what she's doing now.
As I said to Kid, while walking home from school....
"There is a difference between being *happy* and not being *sad*.
We can't control everything. We can't protect our children from all hardships. God knows, we know that.
But, you can choose to change the things within your control.
You can choose happiness, when happiness is a choice.
And if I can teach my children anything.