I was sitting at Lego robotics today, talking to another homeschooling mom. She was completely stressed out because her dd will start high school this fall, and my friend feels that she isn't "on grade level". I have been struggling with the whole grade level thing lately. We spent several years in the ps system, so we were used to the standardized curriculum, and the stress placed on the students to meet grade level expectations. The longer we hs, though, the more I find myself rebelling against anything that resembles the ps system. My dd (10th grade) asked me today if I could explain to her the differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church (we are Protestant, so she is interested in different branches of Christianity). My first thought was to tell her to put that question on hold until she finished the essay I had assigned earlier in the week. Then I realized how silly that would have been. We spent time researching her question, and then looked up a strange beetle we saw on our front porch. That led to her asking questions about Hannibal and his elephants (her mind goes a million miles an hour!), and then we had a discussion about the Mayan civilization. Today led me to make a decision about schooling from this point forward. I want to throw every dry, dull, boring textbook out the window,and teach my kids to follow their interests. I want to explore with them, allow them to provide suggestions on what they want to learn. I want my kids to enjoy math because they see it in the real world. I don't want to force algebra on them just because some bureaucrat in some distant office says they have to take it. I want them to see science, not read about it. I think it's official: I'm leaving the curriculum behind. It's getting in the way of our learning.
Mom of Laura-my 13 going on 30 angel, and 11 year old Nathan, the happiest kid in the world who happens to have Asperger's.
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