I have a little confession; I've been worried about this year ending.
Is Star ready for the world?
More to the point, is the world ready for Star?
What do you do with the child who, so it seems, has been born for just one thing & one thing only, when that thing is as intangible & illusionary as music? What work will she do? How will she make her dreams come true? And if they don't, how will she cope?
And of course my ego is on the line too because I've been saying loudly for years how much better homeschooling is. It seems I was right. I should listen to me better.
Star let me know she wanted to do the Support~a~Reader program & volunteer up at school for their reading program. I've done this so I know what the work entails but I was rather chuffed just the same. I thought it showed initiative. I thought it would be a great learning experience.
No. The irony has not escaped me. It has not escaped Star either.
Because if there is one thing you can rely on Star for it is that she is never going to march to anything but her own drummer. Unlike her sister, who also graduated from homeschool, Star had no interest in taking any sort of an exam. She wasn't the least bit interested in having any sort of a bit of paper that declared her a competent student. We all know bits of paper are important. We all know bits of paper count. I'm academically inclined so I fretted that my daughter was making a hard row to hoe but bottom line, she's the one who will pay the price.
All term Star has arrived diligently 5 mornings a week to read with the grade 2/3 class. Mostly she has had to walk because the school bus, which she could catch is...well, it's a school bus: noisy, crowded bedlam. And she walks home. Sun, rain or wind. She is cheerful, co~operative, helpful & willing. Oh, & punctual! She gets up early for this! She has dropped the odd clanger. Star & math have never been a happening thing but how do you forget that the ACT is a territory & part of Australia? Only Star!
And school loves her!!! Enough to start chatting paid work with her. Enough to suggest she do her Teacher Aide course on~line. Enough to ask her if she could teach some of the kids music.
Star's going to be ok. If she can get enough flexible work to pay for her music we'll both be happy.
Thank you, God. Is this sorta how you felt when you sent your son?