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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I will say that I know a lot of homeschoolers. I do not know any that spend more than 2-4 hours a day doing actual sit down and write work. Children in a classroom do not either. There is a lot of time waiting for all the kids to finish, changing classes, PE, and other activities. Homeschooling just groups all of the seat work together. As for only doing 2-4 hours at a time not preparing you for college, at least at my college, you had a few classes a day and most of the work was done out of class. The homeschoolers that I do know that were homeschooled all the way through have done very well in college. The Valedictorian of my college class was homeschooled and graduated college with a 4.0.

    Not saying that homeschooling is for everyone (It is not), but verifying that most homeschoolers do do less than 4 hours of sit down work a day.
    Thats wild. I was taking 2 Ap classes and honor classes my JR year and 3 AP classes and honor classes my Sr yr and I spent a lot more time than that on actual school work. Heck, art was a passion of mine and it took up a huge amount of time. I don't know if you know much about schools these days but (unfortunately) PE is not like a big part (or, a part) of most kids days. Granted my campus was very small so we didn't have to spend a lot of time moving from one class to another and we didn't have a cafeteria.....but, seeing as your children are in, like kindergarten or so, do you really think you have a great grasp on what their coursework may look like when they are 17?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Totally agree with you on the bolded. And I admit, having a child skip a grade is not a goal of mine (I've seen the social and emotional downside to that in the lower grades), I'd rather enrich their learning with out of school resources, which are available to us.
    Oh, I'm all about enrichment through trips and unique experiences. I'm not even opposed to doing that on a school day if the child is doing well academically. My daughter will be missing a day of school mid-April for a ballet test. She's testing for Grade II of Cecchetti Ballet, something she has worked very hard for all year. Because she is doing well in school I certainly won't deny her that experience and will likely take her out for a treat afterward to reward all her hard work. If she were struggling to keep up academically, the ballet test would just have to wait until next year. Education will always take priority over dance.

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    That is awesome and congrats to her!!! I think we are on the same page Were my child/ren struggling I would rethink our vacation/hire a tutor/whatever it took. My kids aren't there yet so I'm speaking hypothetically, this is just our plan/my theory.

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    But what about the kids that are just not academically minded? I loved school and did very well. My brother on the other hand struggled with every subject. He would try and just not get it. Today he is a manager of a casino and makes $150 thousand a year. Clearly his academic failings have not hurt him.

    One of my kids is amazingly gifted but the other one struggles with reading. He goes to special classes and has trouble with self esteem. I think for him it is more important that we spend time with him as a person letting him know that he is worth more to us then just a reading grade. We believe in living up to the best of your potential but not all kids are equal. Doing your best is what really counts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Thats wild. I was taking 2 Ap classes and honor classes my JR year and 3 AP classes and honor classes my Sr yr and I spent a lot more time than that on actual school work. Heck, art was a passion of mine and it took up a huge amount of time. I don't know if you know much about schools these days but (unfortunately) PE is not like a big part (or, a part) of most kids days. Granted my campus was very small so we didn't have to spend a lot of time moving from one class to another and we didn't have a cafeteria.....but, seeing as your children are in, like kindergarten or so, do you really think you have a great grasp on what their coursework may look like when they are 17?
    Admittedly most the homeschoolers I know personally are in elementary school (My oldest is in 2nd). I still do not believe that most high schoolers spend 8 hours a day of class time doing seat work. I would doubt even in most high schools there are more than 2-4 hours of instruction a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indigoV51 View Post
    But what about the kids that are just not academically minded? I loved school and did very well. My brother on the other hand struggled with every subject. He would try and just not get it. Today he is a manager of a casino and makes $150 thousand a year. Clearly his academic failings have not hurt him.

    One of my kids is amazingly gifted but the other one struggles with reading. He goes to special classes and has trouble with self esteem. I think for him it is more important that we spend time with him as a person letting him know that he is worth more to us then just a reading grade. We believe in living up to the best of your potential but not all kids are equal. Doing your best is what really counts.
    I can see where you are coming from. If i child is struggling academically for any reason aside from them not valuing their education or understanding their responsibilities....i really don't see how taking them out two days for some sort of family bonding/special event will poorly effect them.

    One of my kids struggles a lot more academically than the rest. But she is a good listener at school, does her homework responsibly, works hard on the things that are challenging to her. Taking her out of school on an very infrequent basis would not change anything just because she doesn't figure out work with the same ease the others do.

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