I do still homeschool my daughter. But I have to admit, I wish I had my son home again. I could make him homeschool, but he does enjoy school. I’m trying to do what’s best for him. Still, when certain things happen, it does make me long for those days back again. So here’s my list:
10. Head lice, strep throat, colds, flu, and puking
This is the worst winter we’ve had in years. I would like to send my kid to school in one of those biohazard suits.
J came home a few weeks ago and said a kid in his class is picking on him. Of course, homeschooling is no guarantee against that issue. When J was still at home, he was bullied by a couple of kids his age because he takes dance class. I guess I was foolish enough to believe that certain cultural stereotypes and attitudes might not be present among homeschoolers. I was wrong; teaching your kids at home is not proof against being a nasty individual or having stupid ideas about what boys “shouldn’t” do.
8. Lady Gaga
Well, okay, not Lady Gaga herself. But one of his classmates came to school with a magazine clearly intended for teens that had a photo of Lady Gaga in her meat dress. I’m not really concerned that he saw too much flesh (pun intended), just that I know that whatever else is in that magazine wasn’t intended for his age group.
7. The playground
The weather has turned nice here and the kids should be outside playing. Sadly, at J’s school, that means playing on the blacktop. The playground is literally under water–several inches. It will be awhile before anyone is playing on it, especially with more rain predicted.
6. School lunches
Yes, I know I have the right to send my kid with his own lunch. And I do, nearly every day. So I’m not really worried about J. I am worried about the kids who get free lunches. That may be the only thing some of them eat that day. So shouldn’t it be a little more nutritious than chicken nuggets?
5. The bus
I suppose I could drive J myself. And mostly I don’t mind the bus. His morning bus driver is a very sweet, motherly lady whom all the kids seem to like and respect. It’s his afternoon bus driver that scares me. He is a very strange man. Not to mention the kids J rides with in the afternoon. J exchanged phone numbers with one of them. The boy called and was incredibly rude to me. Apparently, no one has bothered to teach that kid phone manners. And one of the other kids managed to make trouble for J at school. He threw snow balls at him, then ran away to watch while J got in trouble with a bus monitor for dodging them. Judging by what his teachers say about him, I don’t doubt J’s story for even a minute–he’s the last kid to get in trouble for anything.
I was told by the reading teacher that J needed to catch his reading comprehension up to his decoding (reading the words/sounds on the page). Huh. Doesn’t just READING MORE do that??
3. Budget cuts
We can’t know the future, of course, but it doesn’t look good. The first things to go are usually the arts. We talk a lot about how kids need physical education so they don’t get fat. True, but should we let their brains atrophy, too? Kids need art, music, and literature, too.
2. Getting the facts straight
So far, J has informed me that your heart stops when you sneeze and several other urban legends. Apparently, the adults in the school are telling the kids this stuff as facts. But the kids believe it because a grown-up they trust is telling them. It’s hard to compete with that.
And the number one reason…
1. I just plain miss my kid. ‘Nuff said.