The Banshees have spoken. They want more structure than I have been able to give them. Considering I have been tearing my hair out over my inability to get them to actually, you know, FOLLOW the structure I've tried to put in place, I probably should be getting a high quality wig or figuring out how to be gracefully bald in public. However. Charter school it is then. And O, the roller coaster that has been over the last two weeks.
Their first choice rejected them. Too far behind. Which was something I had been saying for a while, but being my offspring, they kinda went deaf when it comes to parental pearls of wisdom. No, some poor shell-shocked administrator, who has surely seen everything before, had to be the one who told them: "Sorry, but you're not going to be able to keep up with our curriculum when you're this far behind." Him, they'll listen to. Oy. So they're trying to catch up, and I'm trying to get them into an online charter that will give them the "structure" they so desperately (ha!) want.
Transcripts are going to be a real bear. I'm still trying to figure out how to get these into a shape that will actually be informative. Then there are the birth certificates, proof of residency, health check-ups, and other assorted detritus that I have to get into faxable form and shoot off to the online academy.
Children. They drive you to drink, and then deny you the ability - because parenting is a full-time, 24 hour a day, 7 day a week job, and until you have a tag-team partner, you have to do it sober. My tag-team partner has to carry a full-time job, so my full time job is being a Responsible Parent, sometimes when I least want to be. Being a grown-up is not for the faint-hearted.
Still, we're inching along. I'm gathering the paper-work, figuring out how to navigate an email faxing system, and wrestling with transcription. It may be informative to tell an administration that your student is two to four grades behind their age-cohorts in math, and they absolutely kill at anything related to Shakespeare and Goosebumps, but it isn't exactly information in a form the administration can use. One way or seven, however, they're going to get the "structure" they think (HA!) they want.
And they are probably going to shine.