Sep 25, 2009
The ebb and flow (Kids in School)
It's officially been a month now that the kids have been out of homeschooling and into public school. We've had a few bumps along the way.
Among those lows: Sam's lunch got in Jacob's backpack. I put notes in each kid's lunch and got bad reviews. One kid is learning the value of bringing home homework to do and not put it off until Mom discovers it missing. Kaley did get sick and have to stay home a few days (but truthfully, she's doing better than I thought she'd be doing!) Some nights, I'm spending more than 5 hours doing homework ... THEY are not doing that much, but by the time *I* get through each of them, *I* have spent 5 hours!!! Yikes (that's more than a homeschooling day)
Among the highs: They are all still enjoying school. They get up easily in the mornings and don't complain. (I do, but they don't.) They are getting great reviews from their teachers and are well liked.
Yesterday, I got a note from Kaley's secondary teacher saying she had scored a 95% on her math test (that is a HUGE praise report) and he added that the students all seem to like her. (I'm not surprised.)
When she got home, she told me she had done well on her math test. She said, "Mr. Morgan asked me in front of the whole class, 'What do you think you got on your math test?' and I said '11'. The whole class laughed and thought I was funny. He asked again and I said '15?'" The great part is that she knew they weren't laughing AT her (they weren't), she knew they thought she was funny. Made her glow talking about it.
Then Sam and Luke both had an "AR test" ... never heard of it but it's some kind of computer reading test. Sam scored an 80% and was fairly satisfied with it. He's a glass half full kind of guy (which I love about him because I was the kind of kid who beat myself up for the one question I missed and not the 95 I got right).
Luke was soooo excited to take his ... if he got 100% he would get THREE gumballs!! (That teacher knows his love language for sure.) I didn't want him to feel so pressured so I told him *I* would give him 3 gumballs if he just did his best. But guess what? He made 100%!! He was sooo proud. I asked him what the questions were and he couldn't remember! (Typical) but at least he got them right.
Jacob is continuing to amaze me. He has some "issues" we're working on .. but overall, he's making friends and loving school. His teacher has a real heart for him - she has a 3 year old nephew who has recently been diagnosed with autism - she watches Jacob with real, personal interest.
Zoe is kickin' butt in school too. 3 hours every day plus 2 days of speech therapy. At the beginning of the year she could already do all the goals for the END of the year. So she is having fun, learning to socialize with others, learning to articulate for strangers. Her only complaint is that she doesn't have homework! She actually makes me do some for her every day. So I happily do. Her little mind is just a buzz waiting to be filled.
So there's a (semi) quick version of what is going on in the land of the Gores with school.
One month down. 8 to go.
Hope I make it. Them? They're doing great!