It’s Been A While

And there’s not really a lot to talk about.

Z is 6 months old, S is 3 months away from turning 5, and I’ve just been working on trying to get him ready for kindergarten. He can almost count to 20, write his name, recognise numbers and letters, match, find differences, do math with picture problems.

I think he’s pretty much ready. Now I just have to decide whether he’s going to go to school or not. He really wants to, so I’ve been looking at Montessori schools because there’s no way in Hell I’ll put him in a regular public school. I don’t know what we’re going to do after 6th grade (that’s all that the Montessori schools around here go to.).

I never knew how stressful it would be just making a decision about what kind of education my kids would have.

I always knew I would never put my child in an Arizona public school though.

 

Back and Forth About Homeschooling

My Back and Forth Thoughts On Homeschooling.

Anything having to do with Obama. Or that people say have to do with Obama? I don’t really keep up with these things…
My number one concern is this ‘Common Core’ thing that is being made into the entire country’s curriculum. Kids are being sent home with pornographic novels and math problems that make absolutely no sense. (Google it! Pissed parents blog you know!) We thought America couldn’t get any stupider? Enter socialist schooling. Making our children mindless idiotic zombies, cut from a cookie-cutter mold most likely in the view of voting for a certain party… Like a mini-college!
Did I Mention the Cookie Cutter?
I’m not a big fan of my kids being turned into whatever society wants them to be. I’m rather proud that my son has turquoise or green hair at any given time, because that’s what he wants. He’s 4 years old, can count to…roughly 15. Knows at least 10 alphabet letters… But he prefers to be outside playing, naked, destroying my plants because he likes picking peppers. And I support that. Like I want to wake up at 6am, attempt to wake him, dress him, and drag him to a preschool that’s nothing but glorified babysitting. Oh, with a dress code that frowns upon green hair and dressing yourself in whatever you feel like wearing the day. I’m a mom. Its my job. I don’t need a babysitter. My son wants to be naked with green hair, when he’s not naked he’s wearing a giant purple skateboarding shirt with no pants or underwear and his bright blue Crocs galoshes. That’s what he’s going to do. Stop asking him when he’s starting preschool, the answer is never, I don’t give a flying fuck about your ‘social norms’.
I Like The Idea of Letting Them Choose Their Paths.
I was just reading about the Harding family.. They have like 10 kids (don’t quote me, I’m paraphrasing) and have homeschooled them all. Each of their kids has gone on to start college at 12 and have their (first) degree by 17 years old. The parents say that all they have to do is say it’s not fun anymore and they’ll find something else to do/focus on. – I LOVE THIS. If you aren’t passionate about what you choose to do with your life, how are you going to talk yourself into getting up and going to work everyday? It’s the main reason my husband works as a low-paid cook. He loves food and he loves working in the kitchen. However, no matter what I say he won’t go to chef school because chefs tend to be snobs, (ex: “Why do you get paid more and are chosen for manager, I went to school for this!” Says recent culinary graduate when she’s passed up because my husband has actual work experience vs. ‘schooling’) I think with his experience, plus school he would be unstoppable. 🙂 I want this to be the way for my kids. Real life, passion, and school. Making them unstoppable in the future when looking for work!
Fun.
Who wants to be cooped up in a room with a bunch of bratty kids and a teacher who half the time doesn’t understand that if you don’t make things interesting, people won’t learn? I did my best when I was in school but working at my own pace, choosing the classes I was interested in personally. I needed to be held accountable for actually getting the work done, but I had to do things that A. I was actually learning something (I hadn’t learned anything since 6th grade after moving to AZ for 8-12th) and B. Subjects I was interested in: mainly History and Math. Learning was fun after that and I finished my 3 years of high school (I quit school a lot from boredom) in one year, top 5% of my class, all As and B’s in everything instead of the D’s in choir and drama I didn’t care about in my freshman year at normal high school. Fun makes SOOO much difference in a learning environment.

The Conclusion?
I go back and forth daily whether or not to homeschool my 4 year old. Which technically we’re already doing, as parents, in the first place. By home school, I mean UnSchool. Learning from everyday life and experiences. Counting flowers or birds or money at the grocery store. Writing letters to people. Reading books. Feeding pets. Playing games, singing songs, and even watching TV sometimes. (My son loves Sid The Science Kid and will now tell me just about anything going bad is “decay mommy, its called DECAY!” It also helps get him to brush his teeth more often!) Sometimes I get annoyed, thinking he’s not ever going to learn anything, because I was taught that school is everything, knowing your numbers and letters are the most important thing in the world… Then i have to remind myself: He’s FOUR. (And a boy, lol.) I should just feel lucky he wants lots of bedtime stories and will count with me to 二十 (20 in Chinese).
I haven’t made a definite decision on whether or not I’ll home school. I don’t like the idea that even though I’m homeschooling I have to “check in” with the local school district and update them on his progress, make him take their tests and all that. I don’t like that in order to feel safe I’m supposed to spend money for a HSLDA (or whatever the initials are) to feel safe in my decision to home school so I can avoid persecution and prosecution by the state/government. That shouldn’t have any business in my child’s studies in the first place. We’re not a communist country. I’m not really sure government schools are constitutionally legal in the USA actually… (Sounds kind of like a ploy to me. But I’m very anti-government, anti-big-government since the whole Obama being elected thing, especially the second time. I have no doubt he’ll figure out a way to bypass the whole “presidents only get elected to office twice” and become a dictator. Its possible after all. Think Hitler. The people originally voted for him too.)
Anyways. I’m afraid of ‘my’ government. I feel like even though China is ‘communist,’ that people have more freedom that most Americans. Or at least than people think Americans have. I find myself wishing a lot that I left my husband to give my son a better future in China when I had the chance. But then I wouldn’t have my daughter…and my husband is kind of my go-to for everything, I’m too dependent on him actually. 🙂 So what if I have to save up so we can move to Ecuador or something. Better anywhere but here in reality.
Don’t give me that look. YOU CAN BE PATRIOTIC WHEN YOU HATE YOUR GOVERNMENT. You can love your country and hate your government I mean. Not many people liked England’s monarchy, but Britons are damn proud people of where they’re from.

I would LOVE to home school.
But I’m not crazy about the threat of CPS taking my kids away for that choice.
Canada is looking better all the time.