William (5th grade) has been busy this school year! He is enrolled in keyboarding at flvs.net. It was suggested by our annual evaluator that we transition with an elective before diving into required classes, since we have never followed a curriculum. William has done very well. I have become aware that I am a "hunt and peck" kind of keyboarder (despite taking typing on an old-fashion typewriter in highschoool) , but my son has learn how to type properly! He has learned how to format memos, letters, and reports. And he has to write the contents of each, also. I find this gives him the opportunity to be very creative! The virtual class involves written and oral exam (by telephone call). It also involves interaction with teacher and classmates, dispelling the myth that virtual classes leads to isolation. Several of his virtual classmates have joined his friends lists on other virtual communities. And several of his real life friend are enrolled in flvs.
William is also in Karate twice a week. He takes drum lessons once a week. He is in Hebrew/religious school ( a Tuesday night/Sunday morning curriculum). A teacher in the congregation often tells William that if he went to school he'd be better at arts and crafts. How awful for a teacher to talk this way! How silly to put someone in school just so they can color better. His "art" is his photography. He should tell his teacher he is a published photographer which he true. We all have our own talents. I want to know, since they do crafts in her Jewish History class, why doesn't SHE help him improve?
He is finally reading novels this year. We discovered the beautiful FAU University campus a mile away is also a county library. This is a very convenient resource. He knows how to request books online and we go pick them up when they are ready. He likes scary stories and books by Lauren Myracle. (Her books are written in IM and text messaging conversation.)
He's got quite a load of work to do right now. Is this unschooling? Some days we have so much to do, I feel like it isn't. But my common sense tells me it is, because this is what's working right now and I can change course any time I want with no pressure to conform.
Now, the neighborhood kids are banging on the front door looking for him....