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School started, unofficially, last week. After seeing how very, very, very crummy V's vision is I am especially glad we chose to homeschool. We've enrolled in an online charter school which starts counting hours next week. The past few days have been "practice"; everything has gone smoothly.

J arrived this evening. She starts a new job on Monday, she bought a new car last week and moved into a new apartment on Saturday. V is insanely happy to have her here sleeping in the purple room. So am I for that matter. Her car is a new Honda hybrid, very adorable. Tomorrow we will ask the GPS unit to take us to ice cream and see where we end up.

Took V to the dentist today and she was most cooperative. A different and much better experience than our last visit. And this guy has a plan to fix her mouth without using general anesthesia, yay!

No news is good news and vice-versa, hence the short post.


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Aug. 24th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Welcome, fellow homeschooler! I didn't know that was something you were considering. What is the online charter school?
Aug. 24th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's actually why we moved this year. We wanted to try it but didn't think we could make ends meet on one income in the DC area. I thought I would put my own curriculum together but then I dicovered that Ohio Virtual Academy already had almost everything I wanted so we're trying that.
Aug. 24th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
My sister is doing that with her kids. You know that because it's a charter school Ohio doesn't consider it homeschooling and therefore you don't have to follow the regulations for homeschooling?
Aug. 24th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Yep, I think that's another plus. But if you don't follow the school's rules, apparently, you can be dismissed. It seems pretty simple so far. How long has your sister been doing it?
Aug. 24th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
This will be her first year. Her kids have been in the Cleveland Public School system and she's been very unhappy with their schooling. She wanted to homeschool, but she is divorced and her ex-husband was very much against it, he was okay with something regimented such as this.
Aug. 24th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
I can understand the appeal of structure. It's all a matter of degree, like most things. I've been reading the discussion boards for parents and I am amazed by some of the posts. Students who don uniforms and march to the family schoolroom? Recite the pledge before starting the schoolday? Wow. Anyway, I hope it works well for your sister's kids. And mine!
Aug. 24th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Huh. We're doing the same sort of thing. $firstborn Amanda is enrolled in the Florida Virtual School after 3-1/2 years in the public schools, and $kidsister Laura is continuing to be homeschooled. We had to take a break on homeschooling Amanda around about 4th grade 'cause she couldn't cope with the concept of "she's not just Mommy, she's my teacher!" She's been begging for the last year to try the virtual school, and there are some social considerations we've not been happy with, so we pulled her out. Thanks to Florida's homeschool-friendly environment, though, she's still in public school for band, just at a nearer school than the magnet program halfway across town. Side benefit there is one of my closest friends is now her band director.

So how's the climate in Ohio for homeschooling? Much in the way of administrative hoops to jump through, permissions to obtain, etc.? I can't imagine either MD or VA being all that amenable to the concept.

Total non sequitur - you planning on going to the PBHS '82 25th reunion? I was rummaging thru an old yearbook recently and came across a picture of you wearing a band uniform and a Sousaphone :-)
Aug. 25th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
That sounds ideal! It's really not hard to homeschool in Maryland. You file a notice of intent with your county, you cover the mandated subjects, and you maintain a portfolio.

In Ohio they skip the portfolio but require that you do some sort of assessment--standardized testing, a written report, something. Ohio also requires that the person providing instruction have a HS education or GED. They also require 900 hours of instruction per year. There are actually fewer regulations in Maryland.

I didn't realize there was a reunion! Maybe I will make the 50th. I miss that sousaphone, it's my all-time favorite fashion accessory.
Aug. 27th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
We have to file notice of intent w/the school board, and have some kind of eval once a year. No statements on how little or how much time is spent, so long as measurable progress is made.

I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the 20th how easy it was to drop back into comfortable interaction with everyone. It was kind of cool. I'm looking forward to the 25th, especially since I've browbeaten Farquhar into attending :-). Doug's about the only one I've maintained regular contact with, and I was told by many to give him no end of grief about missing the last one :-).
Aug. 24th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the homeschooling! It sounds cool!

By the way, I like your subject line. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about optimism vs. pessimism. By any chance, did you read the column in the Washington Post, back in June, called A Field Trip to Remember? The name of the author was Jeanne Marie Laskas. She was one of three chaperones taking a group of second graders on a field trip to the zoo. One chaperone loved the trip, one hated it, and the third (the author of the column) was somewhere in between. I thought it was well written.
Aug. 25th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! I enjoyed the column, I should check up on her stuff. She lost me as a reader when she got domesticated years ago. I thought her edge was gone; maybe not. Or maybe MY edge is gome, too!
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