Ohforthelove… BigGuy took the ACT in April because he wanted to apply to an online high school. He didn’t get the scores he needed (partly anxiety about the test and partly lack of knowledge) and in fact, he came in one point too low for the lab science he wants next year. So we are taking the Stanford10 online since those scores WILL qualify for his lab science.
As usual, Girly was displeased with being left out… Continue reading All Of The Tests
Yesterday, I appeared to be having “a day”. And my blog is here to help me process, so I turned to my blog. Because it was just after noon and it was a bad morning. Here it is… raw and real and freshly outpoured yesterday. ❤ Continue reading Small confessions: all out of courage
Girly isn’t doing much. #fail
BigGuy is doing too much.
Here’s the rundown… Continue reading What we’re ACTUALLY doing…
And so it begins…
People always worry that unschooling won’t prepare kids for the real world. How will they learn (insert any number of skills here). It’s a scary place to be for parents–especially since unschooled kids often don’t learn things when their classroom-schooled age-peers learn these things. Suddenly, there’s an overwhelming fear that they’ll be “behind” and at a disadvantage that will render their children unable to support themselves in society.
And that’s a really valid fear when you consider that we don’t have a lot of open role models who have been unschooled. But let’s break it down and analyze it. Continue reading When unschooled kids learn “all that stuff” people think they never learn
And so the school year begins… fuh realz. We are on roughly day 6 of having a daily public school class for the BigGuy and Girly is lagging behind. Notsomuch in academics but just in “having things to do”. So that is my next great endeavor… What to do with Girly? Continue reading So far, so tolerable
So, BigGuy’s testing qualified him for Algebra I in the district. He took the Iowa Algebra test (I think it’s the IAAT, but I think there’s another one called the IART–not sure which). It had four sections and BigGuy got 3 problems wrong on the entire test. BAM! “Do you even DO math, bruh?” (We are all about the “do you even” remark here lately)
That being said, we’re still uncertain that he can take Algebra with the district… Continue reading Alge-BRUH
It’s scary, y’all. Very, very scary. I think people who have been involved in the schools don’t really give much thought to the countless types of information you hand over to them… being on their radar; but I am keenly aware of it. Suddenly, I realized just how NOT on the radar we were until now. It’s just kind of weird.
But for us, that’s really only a small part of it… We have much bigger issues here… Continue reading Dipping our toes in the public schools
My BigGuy would be entering 6th grade in the fall if he were in public school. As we were discussing what he’d like to learn this year, he noted that Algebra I and Physics would normally be high school classes. I agreed. He asked “If that’s the case, what grade would I be in if I were in school?”
That was a relatively long discussion.
Continue reading BigGuy enters “middle school” for 2015-2016
BigGuy set a goal and met it. He wanted to finish Pre-algebra before July because it was the only way he could start Algebra I in the fall… and he did it. He actually did it ahead of time, but took some time today to resubmit two homework assignments so that he could bring his final grade up over 90%.
Who is this kid…?
Continue reading Pre-algebra is officially completed
Because he finished his first semester of Pre-Algebra this morning “before lunch”–as he proudly announced. He then promptly laid out his progression of math and science from here. Wow…
To meet my kid, you would never. EVER. imagine this kind of motivation out of him…
Continue reading The happiest boy on the block