Dh and I are in the process of deciding whether or not to hs our 2nd grader (starting 3rd grade next year) and our 5yo (kinder next year). I have considered it for years now. Dh needs some convincing.
We have 4 boys (7.5, 5, 3, 1). The oldest is in the gifted/talented program at his spanish immersion school (GT program seems pretty worthless so far) but has never been IQ tested outside of that. We know he is very bright though and just loves to learn. We do not see this love of learning at school. He has NEVER come home expressing any sort of exitement over anything going on at school. However, PE and recess and his buddies he loves dearly. Other than the pals, school is a waste of time IMHO.
Our 5 year old has also never been tested but is on a similar path as his brother.
The 3yo and 1yo are...well, babies.
We have always been activley in pursuit of learning in our house, following our kid's interests and providing them resources. They get a hold of a subject and "go to town". I think I would lean toward the unschooling philosophy, that is, letting thier interests drive them and not applying any curriculum. However, I am of the opinion that kids are kids and need guidance and some structure (my personalitly needs structure as well) so I may lead them down some paths and see what sticks. They also enjoy workbooks and computer math programs so I will use those to fill in holes. When we can fit it in financially I plan to enroll them in classes here and there, if they are interested. Without any actual hs intent, these older 2 have accomplished much in this manner.
So, a pretty loose homeschool is the plan. But there is the chaos that a house full of little boys provides. And there are some days that feel very fruitful, and others that are a struggle to get even the basics of living covered.
Then there are the babies. I don't want to be dragging them all over town trying to provide a social life for my older 2. My little one has always had a nap at home. Same time, same place, nursing in my lap (this is my break time as well and I am not very flexible with this! Again the structure I crave...). I am a slight homebody.
Also, we are not exactly high on extra funds.
Anyway, I could go on but I wont.
Can I do this with 4 small kids???
Can I really??