For myself, listening and seeing what my child truely needs and following my heart on this path can only boost my ds's self esteem. Yes, I am worried, although I can't name specifics, but I know this is right. I think if you can find that place in yourself, you'll feel confident in your decision, in spite of the worries. Good luck-Sue
She is currently at a middle first grade level and we are super slackers when it comes to "doing school". She is scheduled to start Kindergaden this year. I think we are just fine in this area. Also without someone holding her hand every step of the way she would never get anything done and would be behind. At PS she would probably be labled ADD and deemed unreachable so really homschool is keeping her from being behind.
Organization smorganization. No we never did get really organized but we haven't really needed to. Like I said we are total slackers and it works out just fine. We need more than unschooling so we have it but only when it suits us. Hey we have done math, handwriting and reading 3 days in a row now. Thats our record
Is she wierd socially? Yeah but so id her friend J. and she has had 3 years of private preschool and will start PS next year. They are a match made in heaven. Some things scholl just doesn't make a difference for. At least home she is free to be a wierd as she wants to be.
Family. MIL is very against it. FIL seems supportive or at least not against it. As of last Christmas there were 2 cousins with children dds age. One is a teacher. All six of the cousins are being homeschooled. it is nice to have someone to sit across from at Christmas dinner and discuss learning philosophies and what to do with all the other youngins. I can do no right in my families eyes so we will just leave them out of it
In the end your childs normalacy/superiority will be enough to onvince them this whole homeschool thing is working. You can also sorta dodge the issue if you must by saying. We are taking thins one week at a time and if it stops working we will be glad PS is there for us.
Good luck. Give it a try. They aren't going to miss much by missing a semester/year of school so long as you are trying they will pick up most of it.
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
I do worry that the negative reactions from other will affect my kids, but I still think they are better off spending most of their time mucking around and having a good time rather than being at school.