Friday, May 15, 2015

Last Day of Homeschool First Grade - Graduation Certificate!

9a    - discussion of last day of school, certificate presentation
9.30a    - bird book
10a    - town, shopping at garden center
10.30a    - discussion: why is fast food usually junk food?
11a    - co-op; finding and loading lime and posts, use plans
11.30a    - break

12p    - minecraft
12.30p    - gardening and chores
1.30p    -  done

We are very proud of her progress this year.  A friend at my work came all the way back to my department to say how grown-up and articulate she is now.  She remembered how she hid behind us and cowered at strangers following the public school attendance -- and she said it was beautiful to watch her blossom this year with confidence and see her inventions and drawings on our album page.  Right now she told me a silly daydream she had about squishing a pretend tomato in her hands if she went over a bump in the car.  This while she is putting together her allowance-bought LEGO toy.

We are planning on homeschooling for second grade, too.  We will go to fill out the paperwork on Monday.  She has planned to study Astronomy/Universe and Geology/Rocks for science topics.  I have some social studies books I will start her on.  But, from now until August - it will  be summer break.

The future:
Our idea is that she can decide what she wants to do for third grade.  She is such a good reader, and does math already at least at a beginning third grade level. Her expressive writing may always be behind - and we will have to work on it as hard as we did her speech therapy when she was younger.  By then, she can understand what she really wants more - know herself and not get anxious/depressed/discouraged by the school environment. And, if she decides to go back she will have to handle herself better in the tough situations.  I have confidence that by the end of this next year she will be ready in ways she just wasn't for first grade, emotionally, language-wise, and in a greater sense of the world around her.

P.S. // Mark mentioned Esme should talk to the homeschool coordinator herself about skipping into third grade now for next school start.  She's not sure.  I'm worried about the expressive writing,(making up sentences yourself that make sense and writing them out) which she despairs over every little bit.  That is linked up with the expressive language delay she has had.  From what I have read that has been a trial of similar children up until about middle school age.  I know she would do fine with everything else.

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