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so I am very interested in hs for my 2 girls, ages 5.5 and 4.5 but I do think we probably have a good little school system here, the local elementary is a cute little school using the <a href="http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/" target="_blank">reponsive classroom method</a> and out town is small (like 2000 people total) so maybe this environment wouldnt be too bad for them<br><br>
but I do like a lot of the aspects of hs, right now my dd to be entering K already knows all the K material and thats just from unschooling, she knows some 1st grade stuff too, same with my younger dd, so hs would allow us to cater to them<br><br>
so we were thinking to try hs this year and if it works keep going<br>
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do we put them in school this year and if it doesnt work out pull them and then hs??<br><br>
which approach would you take???
 

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I guess you have to look at what your overall goals are for the education of your child. Your school may be a "great" school by many standards but is it "great" for your child? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. It all depends on what your goals and values are.<br><br>
One of the things that was important to us was that we didn't want a stranger imparting his/her values on my impressionable child. I feel parents should teach their child values but that's hard when they are with another adult for most of their waking hours.<br><br>
I also wanted my child to be active in their education, not passive. I wanted them to enjoy learning and be able to explore their interests. This is not usually how the education institution works. And I know my kids strengths/weaknesses better than anyone else so I can cater to their needs better than a teacher with 20+ other kids-all with different learning needs.<br><br>
I'm not saying a school environment is evil, it's just not what I want for my kids. You have to do some soul searching to see what's important to you.<br><br>
Homeschooling is not "better" than school by itself-it's just better for some people. You have to look at what's best for your kids and maybe school would work great for your kids. At least you know you have an alternative!<br>
Good luck
 

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this is great, thank you, my husband thought at first I was just being too sheltering and over protective but I'm home to care for them, so why would I ship them off for hours on end with someone else, that is what pulls at my gut when I think of public school
 

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I checked out the school's site and it wouldn't work for our family. So I would vote to start out homeschooling.
 
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