A Little Advice Please
We have a girl in 5th grade and a boy in 4th.
We new years ago that our girl takes after my wife. She learns by memorization. When I was in school, she would have breezed right through. How material is presented now is quite different. For example, she will have a math paper with 5 different ways on how to add. There is no repetition and the material will not be approached again for 2 to 3 days later by which time she lost it.
The teacher she has now has stopped comminicating with us even after we formally approached the principal with the request for a week advanced notice for up coming tests with a study guide. It takes her about that long to adequately prepare.
We have all, but given up on the system.
Our questions regarding our daughter are this;
1. The state requires that parents of home schooled children present comprable information to that which is presented in school. If we were to home school, we would have to back up a couple years with her reading and math. She barely has addition and subtraction down and her grade level is entering algebra and geometry. How can we present those subjects when her basic math skills have been passed over in the first place? Her language arts have suffered as well, as they never taught her phonics in the earlier grades. We would have to back up there also.
2. What curriculum would focus on learning by repetition?
3. My wife and I both work. For years we have spent 2-3 hours every day with her trying to complete homework she does not finish in school. That is only getting worse. We cannot legally leave her home alone until she is 12 and even then we don't like that idea. We are thinking to just let the school babysit her after this and not focus on homework or grades, but to back up and get her basic skills until we can figure out a way to home school her full time. Any thoughts on how this would affect her?
Our son does not seem to have a problem getting the material presented at school. However, with all the homework they send home, he is getting very discouraged about school in general. The only reason we would keep him in school is for his speech. There is a wonderful speech teacher he has there who has done wonders with him.