It's Saturday morning and none of us feel like moving today. K was sick yesterday with a fever so I picked her up from school early. Problem is that it was the night of the Valentine's Day dance she never stopped talking about. After much soul-searching and asking Mom for advice, I did let her go. Her fever had gone down and she felt ok and looked alright so I gave in and she had a really great time. Now her fever is raging and she'll probably sleep all day. Guilt.
J did a bit of work yesterday. A little math, a little science. Nothing that I feel is substantial, though. I know I will eventually get all the "school expectations" out of my system, but I guess not yet. I got my packet from the Dept of Ed. They acknowledged my letter of intent and registered J as a home schooled student. They sent a bunch of stuff including a form to send my IHIP on (which I'm not using - I made my own), forms for quartely reports (which I may use), the public school testing schedule (which I probably won't use since J gets too distracted with 30 other test-takers), and a homeschool group list for my area (which I thought was kinda nice to do). Nothing seems too difficult to manage, I guess. It's hard to feel comfortable, though, when big brother is watching your every move making sure you do things their way. I mean, I took J out of public school because it wasn't working for her. So why would they send a packet of stuff expecting me to do thing like the public schools??? Stuff like attendance records and hours per day?? Are they kidding? Oh well. Thank goodness I'm anal retentive about keeping good records or this would never work.
I spoke to the same guy a the D.O.E. twice already. I told him that's it, he's now my contact person. He's very nice. He even called to tell me they received my letter and to go over things with me and see if I had any questions. He's understanding and told me not to worry and go crazy so much about the IHIP and reports. And that it's all easier than it looks. Ok. Well, J needs a standardized test in 5th and 7th grades (or 4th, 6th, and 8th) and every year from 9th-12th. Ok. He also helped me a bit with my IHIP, so now that is done and ready to send. I think I am going to keep records mostly handwritten in a little notebook. I know there are many computer ways of doing it, but I won't keep up with it, I know it.
I think I've got a good handle on things around here. I made yet another schedule for myself (cleaning, errands, etc) to leave me more free time. I'm ready for our 2nd week!