This will probably be a bit rambly. Or a lot rambly lol.
I just don't know what to do.
What I DO know is that I don't feel this school is working for Raeanna at this time. I know I don't like the way they are teaching reading, I don't like the math curriculum, I don't like how there's so little time for the other subjects. I know she could be learning more. I know her report card had all S grades except for one, and I know why the reading grade was a U. I know I don't like ALL the testing they are doing. What I also know is that Raeanna likes school. I also know that Dani Lee is doing very well right now.
What I don't know is if I have the patience or self discipline to do everything. I sometimes get some grandiose ideas, and then come up short. Sometimes i read over a couple of posts in a homeschool blog or download and save some printables and I get all inspired and starting thinking about how I could X or Y or Z. Then other times I see things and recognize that there are a lot of supplies and space that I just don't have. And, right now, I hate to buy if I haven't made a decision. I also don't know how I would get started with her if I did pull her in the middle of the year. I don't know how she would react to leaving school, and I don't know how she would react to leaving if I left Dani Lee in school.
I don't want to screw up enough that she can't go back in where she should. Like, if I pull her now, and we get to the end of the year and I realize that it's not working out, I don't want her to have to go back to first grade all over again. For one thing, she's already one of the oldest in her class.
I have been reading websites and going through the state standards and looking over stuff in Ohio (since we will be moving there in 2018) and looking at online schools and am now officially overwhelmed. *sigh* One thing I have noticed is that it seems that there aren't any homeschool groups out here. Or if there are, they are small. The
I don't know that I am really looking for advice...really more just thinking "out loud" here.
I think tomorrow, a trip to the library is in order. I will see if I can get a hold of a hard copy of the state standards (easier to read than online) and see what other books i can find.
My 3 biggest gripes are the reading, the amount of homework, and the testing. I think the way they teach reading works for some kids, I don't think it's working for my kid. I think if we could get past the reading, the homework would be easier to deal with. I think the amount of testing is stupid and I think it's not an accurate measure of real knowledge.
I could deal with the math curriculum because I can see that even though I don't LIKE how it works, and I think it's making things overly complicated, she IS learning. And, I can deal with the lack in other subjects because if we don't have much homework, I can supplement around school.