Today, I am going to observe Elizabeth's classroom.
I want to see how she is interacting at school and what progress she has made. But mostly, I want to take mental notes on how they run things, because I am really thinking that I want to teach them at home.
The school is too far away. We spend almost two hours a day doing the drop off and pick up. We go through a tank of gas every week just transporting the children to and fro.
I don't like that I am away from the children for six hours a day. Well, sometimes I like that, but usually, I don't. It definitely defeats the purpose of me working part-time when my children are in school full-time.
I don't like that they are changing so rapidly and learning new things and I don't feel like I am getting to see those changes, growth and development first hand. And although I know this will happen throughout their life, I'm not ready to be removed from their progress when they are this young.
I don't like that whenever we have asked to come participate in the classroom or volunteer for different events, we have been turned away because they fill up to quickly.
I don't like the bags of candy and treats that the children come home with, consistently. This is an example of a goody bag Carolyn came home with last week.
This is almost identical to a bag that William brought home (substitute Hannah Montana with The Incredible Hulk) and a bag that Elizabeth came home with yesterday. Maybe it won't kill them, but I don't like that they are coming home with it several times a week.
I do like that they are learning new things everyday. Everyone is either writing their name, or close to writing their names. Everyone is learning to read and although I should probably take some of the credit because I read to the children every day and they have enough books to pave the neighborhood, I find it hard to believe that I am teaching them something so important.
They know all of their continents, shapes, planets, and how to solve for e.
I do like that the teachers are so kind and patient.
I do like that they are making new friends.
I do like that when I picked the children up at school yesterday they were singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" in Chinese.
But then there is the tuition. And although I want to finish something I have committed to, for the amount of money we are spending every month, I could take the children to China.
Last night I was up until the wee hours, checking out a Montessori supply website. And today, I'm thinking of pulling the trigger and purchasing the "kit" that covers our children through Kindergarten. We could have our very own Pink Tower, Knobless Cylinders, Brown Stairs and a host of other common Montessori supplies.
Glory Be The Wonders of The Internet!!
It turns out I could also purchase all of the supplies necessary to build a rocket to launch myself in to space, but just because you can buy the supplies doesn't mean you are equipped to own and operate them. I really wonder if I have the patience, organization and structure to teach my children at home. I am totally filled with doubt at my ability to do this. Successfully.
Seriously. I think I'd have a better chance of re-entering the atmosphere than figuring out how a red ball and a black triangle (edit: it's a PYRAMID) teaches a child about nouns and verbs.