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#1 of 4 Old 03-26-2013, 10:06 AM - Thread Starter
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IDK what to do. My son is in 1st grade in public school. His grades are good in the classes he likes, but the ones he is bored with tend to be a bit low. I want so much to homeschool/unschool him, but I'm not sure I can afford to quit my full time job. We're not used to living on 1 income, but I really do feel that my son would thrive even more in a personalized environment. Do you, as experienced unschoolers, feel that it would be better for a child in a gifted class to do unschooling? His main "issue" is his lack of attentiveness in class; he is bored so he uses his imagination to play games (by himself, not interrupting other students) and gets lost on what the teacher is discussing. Usually math. I'm welcoming ANY advice or suggestions you may have - I greatly appreciate everything you have to offer! :)

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#2 of 4 Old 03-26-2013, 08:26 PM
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Do you have a homeschooling family in your area that he could join for childcare while you're at work?

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It depends on so much. I have four gifted kids and all have thrived in an unschooling environment through the elementary and middle school years. (They've thus far chosen to attend school as teens either part- or full-time.) For us it has been amazing. They've thrived, they've loved their childhoods, they've become incredibly interesting people with amazing skills and interests.

But... unschooling fits with our life as we chose it and with our kids' desires. We chose to live in a rural, fairly remote area not near many schools, leading a simple single-income life in a tolerant, do-it-yourself kind of community that is very accepting of homeschooling and alternative choices. I wouldn't say that any of that is necessary, but it did make unschooling a natural and not difficult choice for us.

Quitting a full-time job, if you like your work and earn a decent income that you're accustomed to living on, is a big step. Pulling a kid from a gifted program, particularly if enrolment is limited and requalification may be necessary if he wants to re-enter the school system at some point, is a big step. Dramatically changing one's educational course is a big move. If you consider all the factors and decide it's worth trying, I have no doubt it could work very well indeed.


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Your son sounds like me in first grade! I loved history and and language/arts but math was not my thing. I remember daydreaming and using my imagination during class and totally tuning out my teacher. You're facing a tough desicion. Homeschooling was not an option for me. I stuck it out in public school and eventually outgrew that phase in about 3rd or 4th grade.

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