Kitt was struggling with math so bad. She couldn’t even look at a math problem without breaking down in tears. She was so frustrated, she couldn’t answer basic addition and subtraction questions, though she was past two digit multiplication and division last year. Since she was making A’s and B’s in math in 6th grade only a few months ago, the question we had to ask ourselves was ‘are we being manipulated’?
I don’t think this is the case, honestly. Continue Reading
I think one of the most terrifying parts of homeschooling is wondering if your chosen path is the best for your child. After I sat down to look at all the homeschool methods, I made a frightening choice. I decided to unschool Kitt.
I have a confession to make.
Kitt and I don’t always get along. Sometimes we are worse than oil and water, but those moments almost always coincide with any time I have previously tried to ‘teach’ her something outside of school. To some parents, this might discourage them from attempting a homeschool journey, but I’ve been called worse than stubborn before, so…
When I first pulled Kitt out of public school, the year was already two months in. I figured we could learn the math program I found by doing the work she had already done with her class. It was supposed to be a review so she could learn the program without also struggling through new material.
Queue the river of tears. Continue Reading
First, I want to tell you that I didn’t have a problem with Kitt’s school. I liked her teachers and felt the staff really cared about the children in their care. They communicated with the parents well. Kitt’s IEP worked well enough within the constraints of the system.
The system, though… oh, I had issues with the system, all right!
I wanted to make learning as exciting for Kitt as I find it, so we worked on ways to give our homeschool curriculum some zest. We had a family meeting and decided to work out our goals and schedule together. First, we needed some ground rules. Continue Reading
Let me start off with this: I have wanted to home-school Kitt from day one. Before pre-K, I went to the local K-12 Academy and sat through orientation. I read the packet, scoured the internet and sat at the starting line waiting for the school year to begin so I could impart my knowledge to my offspring in my own way.
Life is funny sometimes.