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DS1 would only be in Pre-K this year, so I have some time to decide what we really want to do, but I am almost obsessing about this. He resists anything I try to teach, he wants to do everything on his term & I am trying to be ok with that. I lurk here alot & thank you all, you have been very helpful in my becoming more accepting of his learning style. Though I must say I could never be totally unschooling, I do hope to atleast be able to call us relaxed homeschoolers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
My concern is that next year when he is Kindy age, I really want to take advantage of a local charter school & well honestly the $1800 a school year I'd get from them. Our budget is VERY tight & that money would be very helpful in being able to provide more resources for DS1 (zoo, museums, books etc...) Do you think it is possible to unschool & use a charter? My guess is in the early years I can get away with a more lax 'curriculum' & then just sort of follow it here & there.<br><br>
In a local HS group I belong to someone posted today that she is useing 5 in a row, but her education specialist wants her to also find a math curriculum. (Her DD is in Kindy & they are useing the charter I want to use) I can see 5 in a row working as long as we simply read the books & attempt a few activities. Or maybe I could try a Waldorf type curriculum that is more artsy & less academics...Hmmmmm....
 

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I think it's technically possible, but could be a pain. We signed up with one, just after a move, to try to meet people (that didn't work, btw).<br><br>
They say we can use whatever materials we want, but that's not exactly true. Sure, you can USE something like Oak Meadow, but this particular charter school was through the public school system, so they were going by CA public school standards, not the standards outlined in the curriculum you choose. They had reading expectations for 1st graders that I didn't have nor want for my 1st grade kid. I didn't like being talked to like she was "behind" when she wasn't.<br><br>
They also wanted submitted examples in every subject, and really do want to see things like, worksheets. Submitting, "Tim played a very sophisticated board game, and showed mastery of multiplication and division with numbers under 40," is not what they want to put in the folder.<br><br>
That's not to say that it absolutely can't work though. My dd1 was interested in the charter school, and understood that there are things they'd want her to do specifically for the school. So while she had an unschooling lifestyle most of the time, she was also willing to fill out a few papers specifically for submitting to the school.<br><br>
This particular school ended up not being worth the trouble in my opinion though.
 
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