• ginnyjf

    by Published on 03-28-2012 07:25 AM
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    There was an interesting thread the other day about start times. I had to weigh in, as I do on just about any thread unless it involves politics or other things I find boring.

    Zack and I are not morning people to say the very least. I get up early because that's what grown-ups do, but I'm not human until after noon and sometimes later depending on my intake of caffeine. Zack can easily stay up until 1 or 2 am and when allowed to sleep as late as he wants, isn't up and about until noon. Even at that he needs a good amount of time to get going and isn't at his best until 2 or 3 p.m. When I used to wake him at 6:30 a.m. for school he would actually get physically ill.

    Last night at 9 p.m. as he was preparing for bed, he sat down in the homeschool room/dining room/computer room with me and started asking about flying squirrels. We did some research on flying squirrels, he did a sketch of a flying squirrel, we went into the backyard to try to find flying squirrels and then I finally said, "C'mon Zack, it's 9:45, time for bed."

    "But why is it bedtime?" he asked me. "I want to stay up and have a nature walk outside and try that new website you showed me today."

    And just like that the idea of nighttime homeschooling popped into my head. We're already thumbing our noses at PS, so why shouldn't we thumb our noses at the typical PS schedule as well?

    I've been forcing us up early and we sit at the table or at the computer, yawning and crabby and completely unmotivated until we finally slog to a finish around 2:30 or 3. He's learning but it takes more effort than it probably should because he's not focused, or he's having an allergy attack or we're on a roll and then we take a break for lunch and never regain our momentum.

    "Would you like to do homeschool at night?" I asked him. "YES!" he said, jumping up and down.

    I honestly can't think of a drawback to our proposed plan of 8 p.m. to midnight homeschooling. ...
    by Published on 08-06-2011 07:03 PM
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    Member Username: ginnyjf

    From the moment of his birth, we always wanted the best for our son. Baby Mozart tapes? Yes, please, despite their seizure-inducing properties. Parents as Teachers? Oh yes, we had a parent educator at our house every week leading him in cognitive-boosting activities and songs and games. So when it came time for schooling, we considered one option only: Private education to the tune of $400 a month at a nearby Catholic school. We read the prospectus with sparkly eyes: Small class sizes, excellent student-teacher ratio, challenging academic course, recognition of each student’s gifts, above-average test scores, caring and attentive staff...worth every penny.

    We all eagerly anticipated his first day of half-day preschool. He set off in a crisp new uniform, school supplies in his backpack, so excited about school. By the time I picked him up at 1:00 p.m. all his excitement had faded. My poor boy was exhausted and he would never look forward to school again.

    After his first day, he never seemed eager to go to school. It was a struggle to get him out the door. Once there he didn’t want to hug the teacher, wasn’t particularly interested in interacting with the other kids outside of one or two friends, and spent a lot of time developing stomachaches and bolting outside to escape the noise and fluorescent lights.

    After the first month, the first of many discussions took place between me and the preschool teachers: Your son seems more interested in parallel play than circle time. He seems reluctant to socialize. He is very withdrawn and shy. We’re quite concerned because he rushed through a coloring page so he could play on the computer and this is completely unacceptable behavior.

    I listened with incredulity to these and other “concerns” his teachers had. ...
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