So, this morning, like many days in the past 6 months, Parker decided he wanted to stay home.
In the past I have fought him on this...after all, he is only 6.
This week I decided to start to seriously consider homeschooling...seriously.
We picked the best, most holistic, laid back school we could find (the kindergarteners drink herbal tea and have hand and foot rubs before naptime everyday...Seriously!)...we were looking for the next best thing to homeschooling and we actually found it in the Calgary Waldorf School...but it just isn't right for Parker.
I know. Everyone keeps telling me that it is a rite of passge, school, and that he needs to go so he can learn social skills and how to function in the world. But...The thing is, he functions great in the world. He makes friends really easily - just not at school.
What takes him forever to do at school (and becomes a long drawn out, negative process) takes 15 minutes at home...no fuss, no muss. When we play with friends he is calm, happy, well-behaved...from what one of his teachers was saying, he is socially "awkward" and doesn't understand social cues.
How can a kid be happy, funtional and well-liked at home and in his own social circle, but struggle so much in Kindergarten?
It all seems seriously strange to me...and SO not worth what we have been paying to send him there.
We applied to a local Charter school and will hear next week if he has been accepted...but, to be honest, I think we have made up our minds.
I think we're homeschooling...seriously.
Heaven help me.
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