We're home-schooling the kid this year. But not for religious reasons!
Well. Kind of for religious reasons. A tiny bit. It's rough being an atheist Jew in the Bible belt, especially when you're only twelve. She was getting a little weary of constantly having to defend not just herself, but Charles Darwin, James Hutton, and the entire spectrum of Enlightenment Thinkers, throughout not just science class, but literature, geography, history, and music class as well, not to mention recess.
Also, she was bored numb. It was a good school, but it's a school. Even at a Montessori school, it develops, there's a lot of you-have-to-do-this-because-the-class-has-to, or -because-the-curriculum-says-you-have-to, rather than because it's actually necessary.
Well, the kid is like HDD and me. If she's not interested in the work, she won't do the work. We met with the head of the school several times, since at Montessori the deal is, if the kid's not interested, the curriculum is supposed to shift toward the kid; but we couldn't get the school to shift, or at least not enough. The kid started to feel like a loser, started hating school, started begging to stay home every day.
So now we're going to teach her. We know nearly everything she needs to know at this age. (Pre-algebra and biology look a little scary, I admit.) We filed the papers last week, and actually started teaching her in July. She's studying Latin, World History, World Geography, Writing (creative and comp I), Literature, Biology, music, Aikido, and Art.
We're not teaching the last two -- Aikido she has at the dojo, and a friend of ours is giving her private lessons twice a week with the art.
Year-round schooling. That's my favorite part so far. No more spending her entire summer playing Sims.