I need to get this off my chest. Urgh.. difficult child came home from BM's last night. Of course she hadn't done her spelling homework. So we started working on that.. difficult child is in the 4th grade and couldn't spell 'dropped' She's at or above grade level in spelling, how in the world can she not know how to spell? This is just the tip of the iceberg. I went to this same school when I was a kid.. By 3rd grade we HAD to know our multiplication facts. Memorized them and tested on them. Now, the teacher says, oh she doesn't need to know that... What?? Not know her math facts? Why? Oh.. she can use the table to figure it out. Please... she has to know this stuff or else she's going to fall behind.. But what do I know.. I'm just step mom who doesn't know ****. And of course BM doesn't help either.. that's another whole topic. Anyway, I'm already thinking about homeschooling easy child when she starts school. Its not just difficult child that is having issues... I watch a boy that's the same age as difficult child and he doesn't have to learn his facts or learn how to spell. It's always "how do you spell ??" Ok. I'm done now. Thanks for reading.