Oh boy - for the kids around us school is essentially over. Once the famous GA CRCT's are over and this is my humble opinion - the school year is over. The kids have had it - the teachers have had it. I feel that years ago teachers taught everything possible to the students - then we took a test - and it was over. No big deal.
Some how along the way competition between states took over and yes - GA came in low - BUT if you took them county by county - the test scores would look different. Now this is my humble opinion only - there are many kids who do not plan on going to college - but they are forced to test. If high school students don't want to go to college - why are they forced to test? They don't care about the test. Therefore the test scores look lower. And then they are combined with the students who do want to go to college. (Do you know how much a peanut farmer makes?)
I really do care about children and their education all being said and done - especially my GS - who does have schooling issues. I think in elementary and junior high you have to succeed and pass the test - no one - even the students don't know their own potential that young.
Now the GS is one of the bright kids - that doesn't test well because he can't sit and hold still. No way. So half the information that comes to him is missed in wiggle time. If he was in a smaller class room or be one on one he'd do great. I've even thought of home schooling, but he'd rather die first because he is too darn social.
So what can we do? It's summer and the school work is over - right? WRONG!
Kid lose what they learn over the year in summer.
We school the GS one half-hour a day. We have 15 minutes of time tables and 15 minutes of reading. For math we bought something called Times Attack - a game to put on the computer and they play it - attacking different levels.
What else we have done for the GS is tutoring. Since he was 2 he has been in the Babies Can't Wait Program. From age 2 to 3 they came to the house. Music - speech - behavior - etc. When he was 3 he went into the CHOA (Children's Health Care of Atlanta) and had the same speech - and OT for his SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder). We also took him and paid for him a regular pre-school, but paid for a Specialist to be there to modify his day as needed. $$$ Two years!
Because of this he was able and is finishing 4th grade - in a regular classroom. Early intervention is the key to special needs - again in my humble opinion.
Does he sail through the regular year? Nope and this is where tutors have come in and his mom is in close connection with the school at every turn. Something to remember is a teacher can make or break a child. Get involved in your school and their class somehow. I make copies for his teacher every week - not exactly fun - but I do it to help her, to stay involved, and to have lunch with the GS - he loves it.
We also have had tutors for the GS as well. Yes, I have to admit, they have been costly - everything has. And I do wonder about our retirement (we're grandparents and his mom pays too) - but we have decided he needs it more.
We want him to be the best he can be. A suggestion I've seen for tutoring is called StudyPoint It is a tutoring facility that actual comes tutor in the home. And it is my humble opinion to use tutoring in the summer as well. GS goes to tutoring twice a week all year round.
Lastly that is a huge reason we have him in Choi Kwang Do - self confidence
- body building - discipline and attention.
You can see that we put a lot of time into the GS - kids are our future. I want him to have a great future! Find different things to do with your kids or grands this summer - play learning at home - get tutoring - get into sports - they are worth it! And learning is all year round - no breaks. Keep up the math and reading skills. Can you tell we are educators here? teehee
Don't let the kids fall though the crack! lol
Chatty off her soap box!
"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I am permitted to hold for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950); playwright, Nobel Prize winner
Is school over for the kids?