Hello, sweet friends! How are you?
It's a lovely quiet morning here, sunny and bright. Music playing, girls hard at work, mostly:
Some of you may remember this post and this post about Olivia, and her struggles in sixth grade. What came after, you might ask? It got worse. It got much worse, to the point that we were worried about her, and her sweet self-image. She was teased for behaving and learning, basically. Every day. All day. She loves school, loves to learn, and worked hard. Nobody else seemed to. We talked to the teacher, we talked to Olivia. She wanted to do the monkey bars at recess, everyone else wanted to gossip. She's eleven, they are eleven-going-on-18.
So, this is her new school. Right here in the safety and warmth of our family. She loves it. I love it. It totally rocks.
We found a charter school through the San Diego school system that really meets our needs wonderfully--full curriculum is provided, geared to our daughter's skills and needs, free of charge. Support is there, activities and field trips with her age group are abundant. I'm so grateful for this, I can't tell you.
We did not, by any means, make this decision quickly or without real soul-searching. But it really feels right. Sofie is still attending public school, as it still seems to meet her needs quite well. But it is so wonderful to know that we have an option, if it for some reason, it no longer meets her needs. Being a substitute teacher in my daughter's school, even in their classrooms, I felt I had a realistic view of what the kids do all day long, and how time is spent. And for Olivia, it was much, much time wasted, for very little gain that we could not easily provide at home. And the social bit? Well, frankly, it was damaging, not enriching.
We can read together, study together, learn together, and be together. Sofie is with us for this week, as her school is not resuming until next Wednesday (it's year-round, Olivia's is not). So, she does her "assignments"...
Sometimes, we do get distracted...
As you can see, we have turned the family art room in to something of a schoolroom. It will evolve, and still easily support any creative activities we wish to pursue, from puzzles, to painting, to dollhouse-making.
Anyway, life is so good. I have to go now, though. We have to make cupcakes with chocolate and vanilla layers in them, so that we can take a "core sample" with a straw. My kind of science.
Any thoughts, my friends? I'd love to hear them...Have a good one, okay?
p.s. Sorry about the poor-quality pics, and the messy floor of the art room. This room has very little natural light (bummer) and we've been doing lots of re-organizing. Cleaning comes this weekend! And, I know you don't care, anyway...:o)