I have been considering homeschooling for over a year and keep stalling because we actually love the school community we are in. My daughter is in second grade and has had a really hard time going to school ever since kindergarten. She is very bright and knows almost everything they teach at school all year long. She was tested and does fall into the gifted range and the school does not have a gifted program but does try to help her somewhat through enrichment activities. They do a mediocre job even though it really is supposedly a great school. She cries before school probably 20% of the time. She likes going sometimes because she has friends there and it really is a nice place with caring teachers but she is bored out of her mind. I know she would thrive in a homeschool situation. She is a voracious reader and learns so easily I know I would hardly have to do anything but present her with the right material. I also have a kindergartner who really likes school right now so I am not sure whether I would take her out or not. This complicates it more for me.
I love the idea of homeschooling in many ways (except giving up my free time.) I have read tons about it for over a year and have tons of book lists and curriculum ideas. I have an educational and literature background and feel I could give my kids a way better education than what they currently get at their "blue ribbon" exceptional school. (maybe I am deluding myself but so much of what they do seems to be a waste of time!)
My hang up is that I really like the families at their school. It is a small K-8 school and I love the community aspect of it. There are regular social events outside of school and the families are kind and caring and just generally have the same values as we do. I like the idea that my kids will be with these kids for years to come as we know these families so well I hate to let that go because I feel like that is really good for my kids too. I like the idea of her growing up around these families (not exactly in our neighborhood so I don't think the relationships would really continue to the same extent if we pull her out.) I know there are homeschoolers in the area and imagine we could put together a new community but that seems so daunting.
But, is a general community a reason to keep my child in a somewhat miserable situation for 7 hours a day?