Hi Maureen! I hope you didn't take my comment about worksheets as a negative commentary about school. My 3 youngest have been in school now for a little over 3 years and I don't fault teachers for using worksheets. With everything you guys are expected to do in a day, I totally understand why you can't offer hands on learning all day every day. Our school experience has been a mixed bag even for the high schooler. He has some great teachers, some okay teachers and one poor miserable soul who makes everyone, including parents, miserable. Another child is at a school where nearly the entire staff works to make his experience a positive one. And, the youngest goes to yet another school where she is happy as a clam precisely because her entire day is worksheets. Go figure.
I've been satisfying myself and my children with learning activities at home but I still yearn for the days of following a child's curiosity, challenging them to learn at their own pace, having the freedom to require mastery of a concept before moving on.... My gifted son is frustrated with school. Even though the teacher tries to build in a bit of enrichment into my son's assignments and even though the boy is in a gifted class for an hour each day, he is bored, very bored. He's been begging to homeschool. Even Worksheet Wanda wants to homeschool. And, my extremely social high schooler is even talking about it these days. Breaks my heart that I can't give us all what we crave.