Raeanna is on her third day back at school and so far, I think things are improving greatly.
First, I have to say, she did say this weekend she didn't want to go back to school. This was the first time she has ever said that. I asked her why and she said that it was hard to follow directions and that she was afraid to pull a card (she is referring to the class management technique of having green cards, yellow cards, and red cards-green is good, yellow is warning, red is bad-you get the idea.) Now, she hasn't pulled a card at all this year. She pulled one last year after looking at another kid's paper while taking a spelling test. That's the only time she has had to pull a yellow card in the whole time she's been at school and she only had to after she was told multiple times not to look at someone else's paper. Anyway, she was all sorts of nervous about going back. So, I talked to her about it. I did NOT say anything to try to "butter her up" to homeschooling or anything like that. I responded as if I was never even considering homeschooling, because knowing my kid, I didn't want to make her anxiety worse (and I have learned a lot from having one high anxiety kid already.) I did tell her that if she didn't have to go to school, she would still have to do school work at home. I tried to be as neutral as I could, I didn't talk about doing things like nature walks or making crafts all day (though I would try to incorporate as much as I could,) but at the same time, I didn't try to make it out to be awful either, with sitting at the table and doing worksheets all day either. I didn't present it as a REAL option, only because I was (and am) still not sure I want to go that route, though the more I research the more I am confident that I CAN do it and that it might even be enjoyable.
Anyway, so, she went to school on Monday. I dropped her off at the "circle" rather that walk her into the building, which was the highlight of her morning and she was excited and ready to go. When I picked her up, I checked in with the teacher. She said Raeanna had a GREAT day. She said she was working hard on making sure to raise her hand when she needed help, raise her hand and ask for the teacher to slow down when she needed to catch up on something they were working on as a group and generally just seemed to be really focused on doing what she was supposed to. Which is FANTASTIC, because that's something we have talked about a lot. AND, when Raeanna came home, she seemed to be more relaxed too, which is good. When we sat to do homework, there was a single math paper, the spelling list and then the speech book and a single book to read for her extra reading. No CVC or sight words practice at all...I think the teacher was paying attention when I was discussing the amount of work with the reading teacher (I didn't get to discuss it with her at the PTC because of Rae being sick and the other two being...kids lol.)
Tuesday was more of the same. Homework was the math worksheet, the math facts sheet (which, btw, she was able to do ALL on her own, in a short amount of time, and got all right, I was very pleased.) and then spelling practice, and then just one book for extra reading. All of them took less than half an hour. And again, high praise from the teacher for her remembering to raise her hand to ask for help or to slow down a bit, greatly improved focus, etc. SO, I am pleased with that.
As such, supplements have been going ok. Yesterday, we did a supplemental math lesson based partially on the addition they are doing in class, and partially on the repeated addition talked about in the Leap Frog math video they watched after school due to the rain. She liked it, she got it, and built on it a bit. She also started writing her birthday wish list, on her own. We are going to work on that a bit more today. Oh, and Dani Lee and CJ also enjoyed the math lesson LOL.
SO, so far, school is going better. I am still undecided, still researching, but I have time. I am still leaning towards doing homeschool for the second half of the year, but we will see.