Thinking very much about home schooling.
A little history about us first:
My oldest DD started out preschool in public school. I hated walking in everyday to pick her up and hearing all the horrible language that was used in the hallways (even by 3rd graders) and the pushing and shoving and all the other typical stuff. Also I live in my home town and I dislike the teachers who judge children by their last name.
The kindergarten teacher option at that time was not a good one. I knew she would make my child hate school from the start. Shes one of the main "name" teachers so we started kindergarten at the private catholic school a town over. We LOVED kindergarten there...the teacher is the best! Shes great and the small setting of 6 kids in a class was great! LOVED IT sooo much.
My oldest DD is now in 1st grade and has gone from a child who LOVED school to a child who has a tummy ache everyday and crys when I drop her off. Ive been told that Im to much of an attachment parent and that I need to let go she is now 6. (um the last time I checked 6 was still a baby not the new 25) She was reading like a pro the end of last year and this year cant seem to even get back to wear she was last year. The teacher told me its normal for kids to "hate" 1st grade its not fun anymore?! I dont think its normal not for someone who used to jump out of bed to get to go to school. So anyway we just got the last report card and she went from a B+ in Language Arts to a C- in one quarter. I got a note home saying how I need to realize that reading at home is very important. Um excuse me...we read at home a lot.
My youngest DD is in Preschool there she likes it but I think its mostly because she has a little friend there that she loves to death. I love the second teacher but the lead teacher is horrible. My gut tells me to never leave her there without the second teacher. The lead is just horribly uptight for a preschool teacher.
I really would like to home school but my husband thinks its weird. There are so many people who do it in our area. I guess I would miss having time to myself but I will have tons of time to myself when they are grown up anyway.
Im not really sure what questions I have maybe just some guidance...Im not crazy for feeling like there is something amiss here in 1st grade?
Im not the most organized person in the world I worry that maybe I couldnt do it.
Whats the best way to go about it? Saying we will try it for a semester and see if it works for us?
Do you plan on hs all the way up to high school or at some point do u think you will send them to school?
I worry about them missing the day to day contact with kids? Is that something you see when you hs?
Thanks for any and all responses