Hi everyone, I kind of just needed a place to get this out and maybe get some feedback! I am a single mom to two kids (girl 7 and boy 5). I'm thinking about homeschooling my daughter at least and this is why-
My girl is in 1st grade with an early Birthday of October 27. our Kindergarten cutoff here is Sept. 30 so she was a month late on that and therefore one of the oldest in her class. She might not be on the "gifted" spectrum but she is a bright kid. She has been reading since 4 and was found to be around a 2nd grade level when she graduated Kindergarten this past spring. Math-wise she is at a level where she can add and subtract with multiple digits and understands borrowing and carrying over and is starting multiplication and gets the whole concept of it. This is all at home though, at school she complains that she has to do stuff that is too easy and the math right now they are doing is finding combinations that make 8. I have talked with her teacher about what she does at home and what she's able to do and she does get a special spelling list separate from the other kids. But then my daughter tells me that when the class does spelling practice at school she has to just do the words the other kids are working on and has never gotten any math work that shows me she is being challenged. I understand the teacher has 16 other kids to work with and finding time to do separate work with one kid can be a challenge. I have also been told by her teachers that she shouldn't move up a grade b/c the class above hers is double the size (baby boom in our area that year!) and she would get lost. I try to do as much as I can with her at home to keep her going at the level she is at and feels challenged but she is at school all day and then gets home tired and unwilling to do more and our other activities and my working just makes that hard.
So I'm starting to think homeschooling might be a good fit for her, she likes the idea most of the time and I like the idea of her getting the one on one attention and being able to learn at a level that will challenge her. She is also a very social kid and involved in other activities that will keep her socialized. I also have 2 other friends who homeschool their kids who are my daughters age so we can organize activities with them.
I guess my biggest concern is that I am a working single mom, is it possible for me to give her enough school time? I understand we dont have to follow the traditional school schedule but if I make the jump and take her out of school I want to be sure this is the right move and that what I think is going to help her doesn't end up actually harming her and she makes her fall behind kids her own age b/c I simple dont have enough time.
Are there other single working moms here who are able to home school? is it possible?
thank you for reading my post and any advice or comments are appreciated :)