My middle child has asked to go to public school next year. Does anyone have any experience with sending a child to public school after homeschooling? She will be in 2nd grade and never been to a B&M school before. We do live in an excellent school district. I plan on calling the school to see if we can tour the building sometime this summer , maybe when we go in to register. Would it be a good idea to email her teacher (when we get the roster for next year and find out who her teacher is) to ask her to keep an eye on her for the first couple weeks to make sure she gets the hang of things or should we just throw her in and hope for the best?
Here's a little background. I have 3 kids. My oldest has Asbergers. We decided to homeschool instead of transition to public Kindergarten (from his special needs preschool) when he was 6. We homeschooled him for 3 years, folding his younger sister into the lessons when she was 5ish. We didn't do any formal Kindergarten with her, she taught herself to read, etc. This past school year it got to be too much so I enrolled them in a public cyber charter school. I also have a little one with celiac disease. So now the kids are 9, 7, and 3. SO this year they are in 3rd and 1st grade. They have both excelled in their studies, but dd needs more. She wants to be surrounded by other kids at all times and I just can't replicate that sort of environment at home. I have no philosophical reason to keep her home, other than trying to keep all the kids on basically the same schedule. Ds does not want to go to the local public school. I gave him the choice, as well, but he loves the cyber charter, so he'll stay there. My 3 year old is much more like her sister, so I anticipate sending her to school when she's ready. I now realize it was a mistake keeping dd7 home when it wasn't meeting her needs.
Sorry that got so long.