Friday, February 12
This morning we went to the Valentine party for our homeschooling group. About 47 kids were expected, and a good 35 or so showed with decorated boxes in tow. This group meets every Monday for an activity of some sort- usually the mom hosting just ends up bringing lots of sugar and all the kids run around like crazy people. We have had a couple of well-planned activities, though- so we keep going, hoping it will be a good one.
Today was another running screaming sugar-fest, but Mia had a fun time matching names on Valentines to the names on creatively decorated boxes. I recognized the monster boxes featured in Disney's Family Fun magazine- they turned out cute! Mia's was a cereal box wrapped in Christmas gift-wrap with the gift wrap cardboard center stuck through it like a mail box post. That was enough creativity for me- we just bought Valentines for the twins that included boxes. I'm wondering if this isn't kind of a micro-example of my future parenting...
It was a fun time over-all. Despite the chaos and inconsistency of our homeschooling group, lately I’m more assured than ever that my decision to have Mia do Kindergarten at home was the right one. I found K12's reading placement test online and had Mia take it a couple of days ago. She thought the first grade test was a fun game, and aced it. She slowed down on the second grade test because she didn't know the meaning of some of the words she was reading. If I told her what a word meant, she could answer correctly. She's nowhere near that advanced on her handwriting, and in math she's probably barely first grade level. What would a public Kindergarten do with her? I'm just glad we're living in a free country and I don't have to find out the answer to that. I really have no idea whether or not we'll keep going after Kindergarten.