This is our first "official" year. I love being able to give my kids exactly what they need and want, regardless of "grade". My oldest is also in multiple "grades" and he is radically accelerated in at least one. We have had some minor obstacles, when homeschool classes have been available, but I think we're working it out.
Originally Posted by Roar
The bigger questions I think are will homeschooling fit in with your lifestyle and is it something you really want to do. Those are the questions I'd consider first.
I agree with this. We are out and about a lot more than I would have anticipated in the past. Of course, I've heard school parents complain about all the chauffeuring they do as well. I mean, I really like the lifestyle. But sometimes, I feel tired. There are park playdates, trips to the zoo, trips to various museums, trips to the library, homeschool group activities, etc. It's fun, but it's work too. I'm always checking out day trip possibilities, classes, activities and supplies. I have to be very proactive in finding things. We're frequently not at home. But it really is fun. Still, I can see how it would not be the right fit for some families.
In terms of curriculum, I think your child's personality and interests have a greater impact than her level of advancement. That's how we ended up with unschooling instead of classical. My oldest son was extremely resistant to direction and he was always working on some project. So, I just let him go his way for everyone's sanity and we just follow his interests. That actually led us to a lot of interesting topics.
We recently broke with unschooling and bought a chemistry curriculum. He was always talking about molecules and he was obsessed with electricity (therefore electrons) so we decided to take a chance with the curriculum. He really *loves* it. BUT, I think that if I had that curric when I was his age, I would have really hated it. My husband would have loved it. It's just down to personal interests.
He has a strong aptitude for math, but he is not currently interested in doing math. So, we don't. I do have a Miquon Math curriculum that I keep meaning to look through again. Miquon Math would be the most suitable approach for him, because it's presented as math exploration. Someone on the homeschool board once described it as "the Ms. Frizzle of math". Lots of people love Singapore, but there's no way that my son would sit and do that, even though he could if he wanted to. With Miquon, we can create lots of math games and just play with it. So, that's another example of personality having a huge impact. I could never marry myself to one method, because I think the child's personality determines the fit. It could be the difference between loving something and tolerating it. And this could vary from subject to subject.
For the science curric, we are using Noeo Science. They describe themselves as a cross between classical and Charlotte Mason. Noeo's Chemistry I is marketed as "ages 5 to 8", but the intro book in the curric is presented as "Grades 4-6" in Cuisinaire's catalog. So, if you look into classical, you might find that the materials are more rigorous which could help address the age/grade discrepancy. But classical across the board may not be the best fit for your child. You know her best.
I second the recommendation for "Creative Homeschooling", because it provides a comprehensive overview of homeschooling methods, but it's slanted toward the parent of the gifted child.