I posted recently but things have moved along a little and I am no longer in rant mode! I was stressed in part because I felt like I didn't have support on HSing my 5.5 yo son (public k now, NOT impressed). Well something awesome happened! A conversation evolved between my husband and I, and as it transpired he just seemed to naturally agree with HSing, although he is still a bit wary an wants me to look into options in case that one doesn't work. I had also been discouraged because my mom reacted very negatively to my idea- she is a huge support system to me, a mentor, and teaches child development in college- but apparently this weekend I argued my case too well. Now she is like "Pull him out NOW! Start ASAP!" ... Not quite what I had in mind. But hooray for a convincing case!
Subject #1) My original plan, had it worked out, was to start HSing in first grade because I was worried about the stress of transitioning suddenly. As it is now, he is only in K 2.75 hrs a day.( Pick up there in the afternoon is a total cluster**** though, and even though the school is only about 10 blocks from my house the process can take well over a half hour!) Anyway, in reality if I were able to HS him in the end, I would almost rather end the madness now and get him out of PS- I have noticed people commenting in these forums quite a few times that they pulled their kids from PS over xmas break- just transitioned them out at a down time so the shift wasn't as obvious. I also think K would be a good "test" HS year, to see how things fo for him before "full time" PS starts. I have to admit, if we do totally settle on HSing, waiting til 1st grade is going to be hard!
How do you feel about transitioning a child out of PS mid-year? Did you do it? How'd it go? Any advice?
Subject #2) If I do HS, My plan is to do emergent curriculum/ project based/ child-led/ reggio-emilia inspired. It is what I have experience in teaching early childhood, and up until K my son had been in f/t reggio-inspired/child-lead early learning centers since he was 2. He thrives in it, and I know with his interests and ways of learning it would be a great fit. I was curious if anyone else follows those methods, I am reading Project-Based Homeschooling by Lori Pickert right now, and I do have quite a bit of emergent curriculum/ Reggio texts available to me between my teaching experience and my mom, but I would also like suggestions on resources in that approach in regard to HSing, and if there is any curriculum guides to HSing grade school children particularly- A lot of my resources are center-teaching based and pre-k/toddler based, though I could interpret them to fit.
What are your go-to resources on the matter?
Thank you! :)