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My 9yo has been in ps for kindergarden and first grade. When I quit work the summer after 1st grade, I knew we were going to homeschool. We did for all of 2nd grade and the beginning of 3rd. When I was sick and pregnant and afraid of how I would cope with twins, I put him back in public school for the remainder of the year in 3rd grade. Well, he LOVED it! He had a great teacher, made great friends, etc. Now he is willing to go back to homeschooling, but is ok with public school too.
Here is my dilemma. He is 9. He has begun to change from that little boy that loved dragons and Legos, to someone that wants to talk about cars and rock music. He is getting interested in girls. He is more into hanging out with dh, doing "guy things", than with me.
So, on one hand, I think homeschooling would be lots of fun for both of us, but on the other hand, I think it will take him away from so much of that boy- life he was leading. Does anyone know what I am talking about? I am so stumped. I just worry about pulling him away from something he enjoyed so much. I know if he went back, he would love it just like last year. He loved it so much that he was sad at the end of the year.
Any advice from moms who have been there with a preteen boy on the verge of being a man? I don't know whether homeschooling will stunt this growth that I see as a positive.
(didn't put this in the school forums, because, well, it seemed the homeschoolers would say homeschool, and the ps'ers would say ps- plus it is really about the stage he is at developmentally that is causing me to wonder)