Wow, I could not have asked for a better weekend.
We had our family reunion this weekend, and the kids all got talking about school. I was just going to post this as an update to my last one about Levi wanting to go to ps, but it's just so much more than that.
A fifth grader and a ninth grader were talking about the assignments they had over summer break. I have to say that even I was completely surprised by how much had been assigned.
Fifth grader (her assignments were): Pick one of 3 Language arts assignments. She felt she had picked the least amount of work, but she needed to read 2 books (about 100-125 pages each) and write a compare contrast essay about the schools that were depicted in them. For science she needed to choose one of a list of biology topics and research them, then have a presentation with at least 1 visual aide prepared for the first week of school. And she had a full workbook to cmplete for her math class.
Ninth Grader: Since the teacher did not want to take the time to do their research paper during the school year, they needed to have their topic chosen, 6 sources read with source cards created, and at least 50 "fact cards" created with some way of saying which source card they came from. He also had an entire math workbook to complete. He also needed to choose a science project because their science fair was going to occur in September. He also had a health assignment and needed 100 hours of community service completed. He also had a "free reading" log that he needed to fill out... it required at least 3 hours of reading a week, and you would think they could choose anything, right? Wrong, there was a list of appropriate books to choose from!!
Anyway, they were sitting there complaining about how many hours of their summer was "ruined" by these assignments when a fellow 3rd grader came along and said that her teacher had given them each a math workbook, a comprehension workbook, and a vocabulary workbook to complete because the standard tests are coming up this year, so they need a jumpstart on preparing!!
Needless to say, Xavier has stopped complaining about doing school during the summer. He's very excited that we did it so that we can take off the week at the beach and the month of December. And he was shocked that the public school teachers were giving assignments to their students for the summer. And Levi says he is very glad that he is homeschooling. His cousin was telling him all about the homework she had to do last year and how she peed her pants twice on the bus! She said she would regularly fall asleep and fall out of her desk and her classmates started calling her "snoozie Suzie." (I didn't explain that her parents have no bed times and if she went to bed at a decent hour that might not have been a problem)
Anyway! Problem solved!!