We visited with some fine local women and children yesterday after recovering from the news that we didn’t hit the lottery for any of the urban magnet kindergartens that we were hoping to. We’re waitlisted everywhere, and only certain to get into the one that I’m most lukewarm about and Declan is a little afraid of.
I’m feeling oddly okay about it because I have other hopes in reserve. And I know that my kid is the kind of learner that any good teacher dreams of teaching. I don’t expect that there will be many years ahead of us that won’t require us to find him a number of challenges beyond school walls.
We went to a science-y library program yesterday too, where the kids learned a few things about trees. After getting over a bout of complete and total shyness, Declan told the librarians that “trees are the lungs of the earth.” A fact gleaned— not from school or any eco-moralizing on my part — but from his kids’ yoga video.
When we got in the car, he seemed puzzled.
“How was that science?” he asked me, though he liked it. It was earth science, I told him.
“Huh,” he said, thoughtfully. “I thought that all science had to be really cool or really gross.”
“You don’t think photosynthesis is cool?”
“Oh yeah, I guess it is.”
Seriously, you lousy schools, it’s your loss.
If only there were grants out there that parents could apply for to spend a year taking a kid like mine to the Met, CERN, a bunch of Smithsonian museums, every NASA site that’s open to the public and a few natural wonders.
That would be the education my son deserves.
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What a great idea.
Oh crap, I'm sorry. I wish I had read this before I emailed you all excited about our placement.
Oh, I am so sorry. That sucks.
It sounds like you were in great company!
I am dreading this time next year when we go through the same process and I too wish there were affordable alternatives between homeschool and public school… Do you think there's enough of a community around that we could make a shared homeschooling arrangement?
Even if Declan goes to school—you will still be a homeschooler!
Rachel – that would be amazing. Wouldn't it be something if we could tie it to a work/sandbox-type space so that moms who need to work for $$ had the space to do so and close proximity?
I agree, Kristen. We make with the learns all the time, wherever we may be!