Thursday, March 17, 2005

Wicked poem;

Wicked satire;

Wicked criticism.

And, sigh, Jonah didn't get any financial aid to the Friends' school. Which we are very confused by, since they seemed so sincere in their assurance he had a great chance of getting a great deal. It may be for the best (he says, after spending a week stewing about it), because now we are back to thinking about homeschooling part time. He wants to, he loves it, he wears us out with it. "C'mon Jonah, lets take a break." "No, I want to do more homeschooling!"

I am not exaggerating for comic effect, either. Today, he came home with a 'book fair wish list', and his was for a math book, so he could, in his words, 'use it for home schooling.' We're pretty into it, maybe one or two days a week we'll keep him home. It kind of makes sense, since I have so much, and so much desire, to teach and I'm still mostly housebound, and he has so much desire to learn and he is already complaining about how boring what he does in school is. We'll see what is possible, and how it goes.

But still. Dumb Friends' school. What changed?

My oldest is turning five, and we're right at the brink of registering for kindergarten, but it looks like we're going to keep her home instead. It's remarkable how much she wants to learn. ANd math! I don't know where that comes from.

Anyway, forget the Friends. You're on the right track, I think.
It's incredible how much work it takes to bore them into hating the idea of learning, but school manages it . . . no, I know it probably does do the greatest good for the greatest number and all that, but still. Probably yes, and no. Starting in 1st grade, the nochildleftbehind testing starts. Inhuman.

We've been using the Great Books Academy homeschooling material. Not in any organized curriculum sense, just keep it around. The drawing/spelling books are great, and the philosophy is pretty interesting too. Jonah thinks it's funny.

I think, though, we might get more formal next year. Order the math stuff, get the idea of homework integrated, start doing field trips, etc. There's a pretty large secular homeschooling community in this town, which is good, too. Missoula, I know nothing about, but bet there's a large religious homeschooling population, like there is in most of the country outside of wacko hippy professorial towns like ours.

But I love the idea, which is a good start.
check my blog -- you got stuck with the stick...

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