My dd is 6 and will be starting first grade in the fall. We have homeschooled so far (no preschool or kindergarten), but things are not going according to plan...this last year was a really tough one. There was a very tragic death in the family, plus the kids' dad and I split up and we moved. At this point, if we homeschool, I am probably going to use an online charter school because I worry I can't keep up with the lesson planning.
I am concerned about being able to put enough time and effort into her homeschooling to make it "worth it." When I planned to homeschool, I imagined a lot more creative activities and opportunities than I have thus far been able to provide with any regularity.
We started out really great last fall for Kindergarten, so I know I have it in me, but life quickly intervened. I work from home, and have of course had to increase my hours now that I am single and needing to pay rent, plus food and crazy stuff like that :) It has led to a lot of frustration for all of us and I think she is bored.
I am concerned that she is going to struggle in public school a bit at first academically-she is not reading on her own yet and doesn't want to do it (not can't, I don't think, just doesn't want to). She does do well with math and loves anything sciency though...she fights me about "doing school," but I realize this would probably be totally different for a teacher versus mom.
I also hate hate hate the thought of losing even more time together with her to school now that she'll be leaving to go to her dad's at times.
I feel like maybe I need to do some soul searching and decide what is really best for dd at this point, versus what is my ideal vision of what life *should* be like. We still live in a very good district, with the local elementary school less than a mile away, so it's not like putting her in school is an terrible choice. She goes back and forth about wanting to go to school and not, so no definite answer there either.
Any thoughts either way?