I am sort of new to this forum (I used to post back when my daughter was 3, she is now 8 years old, so it's been a long time.
Anyway, my husband and I are trying to decide what to do about school for the upcoming academic year. She is going into third grade and has been utterly bored at school since 1st (she was way ahead in K too, but excited about all the new stuff, friends, etc, so she didn't care as much). We had her tested recently and she was just accepted into the Davidson's institute.
I have been wanting to homeschool her for a long time, but there have always been obstacles (pregnancy, then new baby, me going back to graduate school, etc). I feel very strongly about wanting to pull her out of school now. I feel it is a waste of time for her and she could learn better at home.
I have been thinking about doing a couple of online courses like CTY and the Stanford EPGY for her homeschooling. We need resources that are mostly structured as both my husband and I work (I actually go to school, but have to take a graduate assitantship to get tuition, so will have to put about 30 hrs per week all together, half of which may be flexible), so unfortunately we don't have a lot of time for lessons planning and for instruction. My husband is a tenured professor, so his schedule is flexible and can do a good amount of work from home. Are there any other resources similar to these online courses that I could look into? someone mentioned Laurel Springs in a different thread (apparently a private online school), which does have a gifted institute, but unfortunately it starts in 6th grade, so it probably wouldn't work for us.
I was wondering if anyone has a similar situation and could point me to resources. Basically, my husband does not believe homeschooling would be possible because of lack of time, while I think that structured courses could significantly reduce the work load for us, while still allowing us to homeschool. Thinking about sending my daughter back to school this September just makes me sad, I feel they will likely just default into not doing anything for her, like it has been so far, though I suppose Davidson may help us advocate for her (which does not necessarily mean the school would agree to make changes to meet my daughter's needs, but it might be a little more likely).
I think this is an oversimplification of the situation and the factors to consider (such as my daughter's temperament, the fact that I also have a 1 year old and that it can be easy for me to feel overwhelmed) for homeschooling, but I thought I'd start the discussion and provide more details as needed as we go along.
Any experience with the Davidson's institute and the guidance they may provide would also be welcome.