home schooling as well as mainstream school ?
Shari - posted on 08/21/2016
Most areas offer virtual school so classes you may not be ready to teach (for me it was math) are available online. If you homeschool entirely, there are great classes at Khan Academy. I home schooled one child and the other went to public school and for each it was the right thing. I find that in public school we waste a lot of time on "projects" and "memorization" and we spend all of our resources bringing our children's weakest points into mainstream while ignoring their strengths (because they can pass their classes). When I home schooled, I could ignore weaknesses (like poor handwriting and motor coordination) and accelerate strengths. All I did was give him assignments. And monitor that he did them and discuss somewhat. There really need not be "active" stand in front of someone lecturing. Just decide what to teach and how. Virtual school for some things; other things just assign. If you have control over your child, it should work. At one point, he didn't follow and I took away his computer rights for a month. He did what he was supposed to do after that. Those that tell you your child needs to be "socialized" in public school are brainwashed. Positive socialization is very limited and it is a very artificial environment, which involves competitive and anti-social behavior as much or more as positive social opportunities. After elementary school, there isn't even a recess. Socialization happens after school in activities. Join a club.
Jennifer - posted on 10/16/2009
hi carol thanks for your reply, im in England UK & it all works alot differently over here home schooling along with gifted kids is almost unheard of in most areas my sons in mainstream school & quite happy although hes only been in his current year (grade) for about 4 weeks now & i have had so many problems i couldnt begin to tell you, his school are one of the lowest accademicly they have told me this themselves this is because the majority of kids at that school are lower achievers, the only reason i havent moved him to a school better suited to his intelagence level is because the school are fantastic at meeting his emotional needs (he suffers from emotional behavioural problems due to being gifted) & i just cant offer him the social exsperience that school can & i feel this is one of the most important aspects of school & growing up, my plan is to make sure the school is meeting his basic needs on all levels & then ill top up his learning at home im just so new to it & dont have many resorces localy i dont know where to start, i hope all goes well with your 2 settleing in & in my exsperience you can never pester the school to much so keep on at them they are lucky to have your children going there they should do everything in there power to keep them there good luck
Carol - posted on 10/16/2009
Hi. We were forced to homeschool our oldest son and didn't even try our district with our second son. He was the ripe old age of 5 when they told us that there was nothing they could do for him. They'd never be able to challenge him through 12th grade. The airhead principal tried to put me at ease and tell me it was okay that he'd never academically be challenged because we could put him in 4-H. WHAT?
We took him out the following year when a great teacher couldn't do anything for him either. I homeschooled him and his little brother for 2 1/2 years and just returned them to a different public school. They both did fantastic with the academics but the older one especially needed to learn some social graces that I just can't provide and all the clubs in the world didn't seem to be helping. Now the youngest is in 1st grade, reading at a 7th grade level. The 4th grader is reading at a high school level. Their math levels are at least a grade ahead, as are their social studies and science. We're hoping that the teachers will learn to challenge them but after a month I don't know. We're adding extra challenges at home to try to keep their brains working.
I'd love to hear what other parents do. We have zero gifted programs in the area. Massachusetts is so bent on meeting the bare minimum standards that no money goes even to the adequate student - God forbid the gifted kids. I just love reverse discrimination.
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