Transitioning one child from homeschool to brick and mortar school
I know she isn't in elementary school any more, but I've noticed that we have several moms with older children and that we have teachers spanning elementary through high school in the group.
Autumn has requested to go back to school next year. We will keep our younger children home until they request the same, lol. She will be attending a very small Catholic school (pre k - grade 8; 150 students total). She will be entering either grade 6 or grade 7 (very late birthday puts her technically but BARELY in grade 7 this fall; she is consistently working about a year behind in language arts, but years ahead in math). Considering her dyslexia and that she works a year behind in language arts (a skill set that requires incorporation across the content subjects), we are willing to place her where the principal feels it is best. They are known for being open to making accommodations for learning disabled children; we are also hoping that they can work with us to continue her acceleration in maths (she should be starting Algebra 1 this fall, after two years of prealgebra).
Now, my questions. If anyone in the group has either transitioned their child into a brick and mortar middle school, after homeschooling, what are some things you either DID work on first, or wish you had (in hindsight)?
Teachers - if you have received homeschooled children into your class, what were some things you wish the parents had worked first with the children on?
Off the top of my head, what we will be working on between now and August:
1) Raise your hand to speak
2) Organizational skills (keeping an agenda to track homework and tests) and study skills
3) Working in groups; delegating responsibilities within a group for group projects and assignments
4) Time management - she will need to work on being in a *place* at a specific time, grabbing things from her locker within that time, etc. I'm not sure how we will work on this at home. One perk of her being placed in grade 6 instead of grade 7 is that she would entering with other locker clueless children since they too are transitioning from an elementary grade with no class changes, lol!
5) Not being afraid to ask for help if she doesn't understand something (she can be timid about asking for help given her past experiences in schools several years ago).
6) Not being cocky about her strengths.
7) Not being ashamed of her weaknesses.
What am I missing?
I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff: we have traditional gender roles, we're Catholic, I'm Libertarian, he's Republican, we're both conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol). Aimee