I'm not sure what I'm going to do, and I'm starting to freak out. DS is 3.5, and I 've been thinking about it a lot for the last year. I am leaning more towards homeschool/unschooling, but my dh is very pro public school.
I went to public school K-12. I was lucky, because I was always in advanced classes, and I got a decent education. The social aspect was horrible. The things I saw, and my experiences are not things anyone needs to go through, ever, child or adult. My two brothers did miserably in public school, socially and academically.
My dh was in private school most of his life so he feels he missed out on a lot by not being in public school. Despite what I tell him about what I experienced, he thinks ds and dd will do fine.
So, we're at an impasse. Both my ds and my dd (just turned 2) are incredibly intelligent, quick, and alert. The grade school by us gets mixed reviews. Some say it's great, others don't like it. We do have a lot of kids that don't speak english as a first language moving into the area, and I have heard bad things about the kindergarten teacher. I have been working with both kids on whatever they want since they were each around a year, like letters, numbers, colors, and they've both picked up things very quickly. And it has been all them, so I feel like I've already started with the unschooling.
My ds needs to be doing something constantly, and my fear is in a large public school he will get bored and lose interest, and start down a path to nowhere. I don't want that. There's no way we can afford private schools by us, either, so it's either home or public.
I'm going to keep researching home schooling and present my dh with facts. The other thing is, because of dd's b-day, she won't be able to start school till she's almost six if we send her to public school. She seems to learn exactly like I do, and I could read by the time I was four, so why should she have to wait two extra years just because of a birthday? I am not interested in the preschools around here either. They are all just glorified day care centers. Anything they teach the kids there, I could do much easier at home.
Here I am, babbling away. I do know I'm only going to do what feels right for the kids. I know that's what dh wants too, ultimately. Maybe he can go take a class at the community college to curb his desire for public education.