I am heart-broken. We have had such fun homeschooling and traveling around to countless national and state parks. I love having the kids at home. I know that DS will be glad to not have his sister picking on him so frequently, but I can't help feel that our home has been shattered. Perhaps we could use this as some time apart where she makes new friends
You aren't failing! You're adjusting. You're being flexible. You're meeting your family's needs.
I've known a couple families who have put kids in school for similar reasons, and it's worked out really well.
I am with Onatightrope here. If homeschooling is not working anymore (either for the child or parent) then changing it is the sensible thing to do.
I am sorry you are having a difficult go of it now. Maybe with a little break, you can start doing it again next year. Maybe it turns out that she loves going to school and this was all for the best. Which ever way it works out in the end, right now you have taken a step to address a situation that is not working -- a good move on your part.
Exactly! Homeschooling is great, but really you need to do what is best for the family at the moment. This may be just the thing! Good luck, I wish you and your family well. I am sure there will be a bit of adjustment, but that happens whenever change is in the air.
Mom to three very active girls Anna (15), Kayla (12), Maya (9).
Oh I am with you. Agree, you are adjusting. I have a 9 year old who can be incredibly rude and I have had it with him MANY times, the only thing that's kept him out of school to date is the faff factor involved in getting everyone there twice a day for drop off and pick up.
I totally agree that homeschooling is a privilege and its not on to be rude constantly. And I do think that some kids who have been raised in a very loving, gentle, everything done "right" way can then actually be pretty obnoxious because they don't realise that actually they are pretty fortunate. I don't know what the way round this is, I still think its the right way to parent, but I've thought a few times now that letting my son stay at home when he is rude and disrespectful is actually quite possibly not helping him. The issue in our case is specifically related to homeschooling, and more specifically, he is surrounded by unschooled kids, his good friends are unschooled and we are just not unschoolers.
(the deal we have nowadays is that he gets a stack of work to do and has to do it. If he wants help, he has to ask for it AND behave nicely and respectfully while the person is helping him. Otherwise he has to do it alone. We've been really strict with this. If the work isn't done by the end of the week, it has to be done over the weekend)
So I just managed to get her into a public Montessori charter school starting January 2! I don't know that much about Montessori but am hoping it is more inline with our schooling philosophy. I am feeling excited about the possibility of this working!