Hi all. My oldest son is 8 and is unschooled. He brought up the idea of school yesterday (it comes up every now and then) but said he'd only want to go to an easy school because he doesn't know anything. Setting the school issue aside for a moment...
I've tried pointing out the stuff he does know, talked about how there's a big variation in how much/what kids know - public schooled, homeschool, unschooled or whatever, that he could learn about whatever he wants to, he has that ability, and that no matter what he does or does not know he is wonderful, loved and worthy.
But he ain't buying it. Any ideas on how to help him with this?
I don't want him to go to school just because he thinks he needs to in order to 'know stuff'. On the other hand, I don't want him to be scared of going to school (if in fact he really wants to go) because he thinks everyone knows more than him and he'd look stupid.
In theory, if he wants to do more academic formal learning we can do that at home. In reality, I'm massively sleep deprived with a 20-month-old that doesn't sleep well, I'm an emotional mess because of it, I bounce between being all "yay homeschooling' and 'boo homeschooling' and thinking he'd be better off in school...
Also, I've always felt that if we get to a point where he really wants to do formal learning then he should go to school. I'm not a teacher. Quite frankly, I suck at explaining things! We also butt heads a lot when I try to explain things to him, or he starts acting all silly. Neither are good! But I'm not sure he'd learn well at school either. He doesn't do well in big groups. So going to school and struggling with learning would not be good for his confidence either.
OK I think I'm rambling now. Any thoughts greatly appreciated!! :)