I have pulled my son from all public school entities. We tried a Charter School, went to an online school (he attended for 3 years), then when Common Core hit, we switched to a different online school that promised CC in minimal fashion. They lied. The second online school was MUCH worse than the first one, making me regret taking him out of the first one for a moment. That regret quickly passed when I went back and spoke with his first ‘teacher’ and she advised me to follow the path I decided to take (to completely home school) because CC was being implemented piece-meal in every subject.
So here we are.: in the UNschooling phase, where we do minimal book work and lots of hands on, hanging with mom, whatever comes naturally type stuff.
Walking and talking (PE, communications), looking at plants and animals (science).
3 days a week of online Algebra (coolmath.com).
Coking, baking and entertaining (science, math and Home Ec)
Watching tons of shows on the History and Discovery channels (history)
Watching classic movies; A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, and White Christmas (Literature)
Cleaning and decorating for Christmas (Home Ec)
We decided to do this right before Thankgiving, and e’ll go until after Christmas break.
The decision was made because when i took him out of the online schools, and immediately started teaching other methods, I realized that 1) I wasn’t prepared, so I was constantly jumping from this lesson plan to that, and causing undue stress. and 2) i took him from a classroom setting to another classroom setting. Exactly what I didn’t want to do, which caused me to stress.
Now, we’re through the holidays and He can have the next week to sink himself into his XBOX, and I can use the time to create the rest of the years curriculum, and lesson plans!