Why must we have grade levels?
I wish we could just do away with them.
We start our school year in January, therefore we don't switch grades when most people do.
This drives my oldest child crazy.
My 6 year old doesn't know too much about it, but does know what grade of math work he is doing. (sigh)
Is there any way to get around this? I don't want my son to grow up concerned about grade level like my daughter did.
I just don't think they are fair. Every child is different, and learns at different paces. And how do you determine what grade they are in when they are doing multiple grade levels of work at once?
I believe that your whole life you are learning, and that homeschooling is a lifestyle. (We do use curriculum though. We are not unschoolers. lol)
I have been trying really hard to only use curriculum that is not grade specific.
Just like we don't do grades for our work, I wish we could not do grade levels too.
How do you all handle this?
Part of me wants to start my son off telling him that we don't do grade levels, but then, what if someone asks him what grade he is in, and it makes him upset because he doesn't know?
I think part of what upsets me the most is that I wish I had waited one more year to technically put my daughter in Kindergarten.
Because she really is better suited to be a grade behind where she would be in public school. But I can't tell her she has to stay in that grade for one more year. It would make her really upset.
My solution to that has been to start our year in January, so technically she will be in this grade for longer, and won't officially start the next grade until several months behind the public schools, but then that makes her upset too. She wants to switch grades when everyone else does.
But I think she really doesn't need to be going into 9th grade this year, but she is excited about going into high school.
What to do? (sigh)
Honestly, should I even worry about it? In the next few years, she may mature to where she seems to match her grade level. She just seems much too young to be going into high school.
Have any of you dealt with this?
Luckily my son's birthday falls to where he started Kindergarten later, but with all of my future kids, I will not officially start Kindergarten until later anyways.
I am a little stressed out about this situation. I honestly hate grade level, and don't want it, but how do you get around it?
Any advice? Any solutions?