Originally Posted by neonalee
Since DH has his own business we were thinking we would homeschool. I work full time & carry the insurance, plus I love my job. But now there is some question about if DH will be able to do this & I'm preparing for registering for K at the charter.
I have no idea what I'm hoping to accomplish with this thread. Anyone have advice or even sympathy?
Full disclosure: I'm a homeschooling mom crashing this forum to give some positive encouragement for the homeschooling option. Maybe cross-posting over there can give some better feedback about your specific situation.
When you say "some question about if dh will be able to do this", is it based on time? Or personality, or perceived ability? Homeschooling for kindergarten takes very little time, so little that you could possibly trial homeschooling for the kindergarten year to gauge how it will work. Kindergarteners are still largely the same hands-on learners that preschoolers are.
I would only make available time a consideration if your dh is attached to his desk for long periods of time, and not very flexible when he can do that. Homeschooling does not have to be "done" during school hours.
Your ds might thrive in a school setting. But that same child that would thrive in a school setting could also thrive at home. Yes, some kids would not thrive in a school setting, and these kids are good candidates for homeschool. But there are plenty of kids who would thrive at school AND would thrive at homeschooling. Some kids do better homeschooling until they are in the middle grades and then thrive in school. If you simply don't know, I wouldn't make this a large part of your consideration.
So there are two things you can set aside: time to homeschool a kindergartener, and whether he would thrive in school. The last encouraging point is perceived ability, if that is any consideration. Parents are qualified to teach their kids. Knowing your kid and being able to follow what works and ditch what isn't working makes up for an awful lot of training. I wouldn't worry about ability.
What I would consider first is personality--how dh handles stress, etc.-- and illness, and flexibility with his work.
There is no solution to the "what ifs" except to simply try it (school, homeschool). There is nothing that says you can't HS for a few years then go to school, or start school and then homeschool. Kids in general are not going to be "damaged" one way or the other unless parents and teachers are continually ignoring warning signs over extended periods of time.
That's it for the homeschool-positive side for now. I don't think my answer would have been different had you posted on the Learning At Home Forum.
Honestly, when people want to be talked into homeschooling, they post there, not in Learning At School. I think that is telling you something.