Comments: Sick

Call the school, explain the situation, get the doctor note if that is what they want - are there other days they are auditioning? I mean kids get sick - three days warning for a Tues audition would be Saturday, no one would have answered the phone had you called.
As for homeschooling, you know I'm here if I can help - you can probably work around the job and homeschooling, seriously. If it comes to that.
How good is he at doing what you ask him to do if you are not sitting right on him?

Posted by patti at February 1, 2010 10:21 AM

Call the school straightaway. This whole audition thing is a bit of a hardship on everyone's nerves, even without a bad cold, so it's not just you having a meltdown. It's insane. They'll work with you. Maybe they'll let him make it up on the same day as his other audition. Benno did his and as we walked out of the school, I felt like a hippo jumped down off my back (even though Benno doesn't think he did as well as he had done in our MONTHS of careful preparation). Sigh. It will all work out for Bones. The universe does not intend for you to homeschool a preteen boy. I promise. Call. Call. Call.

Posted by Leigh at February 1, 2010 11:47 AM

Patti-

He's not good if I'm not on him unless... I give him a one on one check list. For instance, if I tell him, "I need you to read these three pages" he can do that. If I say "I need you to read these three pages and then answer 20 questions" he can't. I have to feed it to him a task at a time. Not only can he NOT multi-task, multi think, he's not the type of person you'd want to. He makes a scatter plot look linear. But, we've learned what works. The problem is, in our schools, every child has to conform.

Leigh- What a mess this audition thing has been. Bones did his Theater audition already. I walked in and there was just a sea of children, girls stretching to dance, kids with funky projects for communications, kids with instruments of every shape and size, noise and animation all over, probably coming from the theater students. I quietly went to the back, grabbed my logic puzzle book and shut down. About an hour into it, a mother from when Bones was TWO saw me and recognized me and pulled me out of my shell.

I'm becoming a frickin' basket case. Seriously.

Posted by bou at February 1, 2010 01:13 PM

If you set him down with a list of passages from three or four books - would he do it? Would he retain what he read so you could work with him one on one, after you got home? Or if you gave him a book he was interested in and you told him to set a timer and read for a couple hours? Or if you set him in front of a computer and asked him to write a story or research something he was interested in then write whatever he wanted about what he researched would he do it?
or would he come up with his own "kitchen science" experiments and burn the house down? Are you able to leave him in the house alone for a few hours yet?
The whole conform to a particular model is, of course, necessary when dealing with a large class and mandated outcomes - unfortunately that leads to many brilliant, talented, and creative minds being frustrated and squashed.
I sure hope he gets into the new school.

Posted by patti at February 1, 2010 01:51 PM

That is a big no to most of those. I can leave him alone for a few hours at a time, and other than his calling every 15 minutes because he needs to talk to someone and is lonely (he's extraordinarily extroverted) he's fine. If I left him alone to do a science experiment, he'd burn the house down.

If I let him research whatever he wanted... and write... I guess he could do it for about 20 minutes. But it comes back down to he wants to know someone is there. He wants to talk to someone during it.

He does all his processing out loud. And his primary learning is auditory, which is why theater and voice fit so well with him.

If I told him to sit down and research and talk to me about what he found... it would be non-stop. He is the kid who gets in trouble in school for talking. He's very chatty.

Posted by Bou at February 1, 2010 04:05 PM

Home schooling and working might be out as a twosome. Unless you got really creative then. Still really hope he get in the school.

My boy sometimes fails to stick to what I ask without sitting on him too - I think most boys are like that.

Posted by patti at February 1, 2010 07:08 PM

Bou: If you give him a written checklist, would that work? I'm kind of a scatterbrain, and it works for me :D

Posted by PeggyU at February 2, 2010 12:40 PM