I'd like to hear from people who were planning on homeschooling, but ended up sending their kids to a tradtional school (public or private) by choice. I'm really just looking for general BTDT experiences, but for some perspective, we've always planned on homeschooling (while both parents work FT or close to it). Our nearby public schools are crappy and there are no charters. But weve recently began to consider a local private school. DH and I had opposite experiences in PS growing up. I was very smart, but work was WAY to easy and I was very bored. I was even enrolled in a pull-out enrichment program that failed to capitalize on the opportunities they could have given us. I feel like my love of learning was dampened and opportunites to expand knowledge, develop skills, foster a passion, etc. were lost. My DH had problems reading in early elementary and, although he received extra help, he sort of fell through the cracks. Although he is really brilliant, he felt very 'un-academic' and at times, stupid. On top of that, we've both witnessed cruel teachers & administrators in our childhoods.
We've also spent a few years convincing ourselves that homeschooling will provide a better education to our kids than a brick-and-mortar school would.
The school we're considering is small. About 100 students in PreK through grade 8. no more than 12 kids in a classroom. It is secular school (a plus for us) and seems to echo some of our educational philosophies, although it is a bit more book-based (less hands-on & student led) than I would prefer.
If you were originally 100% about homeschooling and ending up changing your mind, how did you deal with your worries about the social and educational differences found in a traditional school? Did you find that your worries were unfounded? Were there issues that you didn't anticipate?