Thank you for this thread!
Let me start by saying: I was hs'ed. I now have a 5 year old with special needs. And a 2 year old. I have been hs'ing kindergarten because..well, that's what I assumed I should do. You are your child's best teacher. Public School is dumbing us down, etc. And my mom was an EXCELLENT teacher of 4 active children.
So, it comes as a difficult decision for me to enroll my son in Kindergarten. My husband was PS'ed and he seems fine
. He'll support me either way. But I cannot be everything I need to be throughout the day! So, here I am: sweating over a decision that is NOT forever! As much as I care about my children's education, I realize that life is a process, a journey. What if he hates school? I will find a way to homeschool without burning out. Or not. Maybe I will try to find a way to lessen his stress within the school environment, new teacher, special ed, whatever it takes...but that is THEN, this is now!
It seems many homeschooling parents base their opinions of PS on their own experiences. Well, I'm guilty of the same with homeschooling. Because it worked for my parents and me and my siblings, I assume it MUST be the best thing for my family. But aren't we supposed to be teaching our children to bravely try new things, to not cast judgements without sufficient knowledge, to embrace diverse challenges? So, I guess I'm trying to say that: I appreciate the poster's who've tried both, and may try either one again, because the important thing is that our children have an opportunity to succeed anywhere! Whatever works!