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Whew, obviously, I have deep investments, emotionally, idealogically, in my kids not being in school. I find myself having a desire to have distance from my dd right now. That doesn't feel good either. It's wrapped up in the process of her growing up and individuating, too. As I write, I can sense that there's some positive things in all this; I'm thrown back more on myself, what things do I want to be learning/doing/getting done? I feel encouraged to facilitate more things for my other teens (twin boys age 16).
Also, I'm plain missing her all day -- she's gone almost 12 hours! (leaves at 7 am and has soccer practice after school, home by 6:30 pm) That alone makes me want to weep.
We do sit at the table doing homework together a lot! He chose to go to the school for classes that don't involve much writing and math so we do those classes at home with a high interest curriculum. He wants to be able to keep up with his peers so I am thankful they make "intervention programs."I am so grateful that I waited until he was interested and I am so happy that the school was able to order and pay for them. Who would have thought we would be going this route?
I had a very heated argument with my daughter's vice principal last year because I wouldn't force her to stand in front of the class to do an oral report She has select mutism and I would never force her anyway. He asked what I was going to do about her taking speech in high school. I told him I would homeschool like I do with my other kids. He asked how I can possible teach kids in multiple grades and wanted to know how I was qualified to do that. Hmmm, I'm a mom with 5 kids and I allow them to learn what they are interested in, not teach by force. That's what qualifies me. I have always made teachers mad by not forcing my kids to do their homework or punishing for bad grades. When I was in elementary school I never did work because I was so bored! I had to do testing with the school counselor at the end of every year to make sure I was learning, then they would pass me on. That probably wouldn't happen in ps now.