Originally Posted by Kachinarain
Thanks everyone for your advice and the links were a great help!
To the mum who just started hs her 10yr old could I ask what prompted you to do this...
Hi Kate. There were a couple of main reasons. First, she was getting really bored. She's way ahead in reading and language arts, so sitting through reading class was torture. She was also sick of boring science and social studies topics (and they were seriously boring...she was right). At the same time, she's way behind in math. She's smart enough to fake it, so no one realized until the end of 4th grade that she couldn't divide at all, doesn't even understand the concept of division, and just barely "gets" multiplication. This meant that she also didn't "get" simplifying fractions and a bunch of other stuff. She was completely losing her joy of learning new things, and I didn't want that to happen.
There were also some bullying issues (the constant ever changing cliques, and some girls who were seriously mean to her) but the main reason was educational. At this point we are doing a literature and history based curriculum by DD's choice, she's started doing a bunch of creative writing on her own, which she's never done before, and she's starting to catch up in math. She's also starting to learn italics and calligraphy because she hates cursive writing and her writing is horrendous. Since we've started (started choosing curriculum at the beginning of the summer, started homeschooling officially a week ago) she has really gotten involved in discussing how she wants to learn, what kinds of things she wants to do--it's given her a big sense of empowerment, and so far she's really enjoying what we are learning.
I'm not an unschooler, because I do require all subjects to be covered, but I can see how it would work because DD has really taken an active role in her education. She also still sees her friends, participates in a bunch of extracurriculars, and is quite social, so that hasn't changed. All she's missing is her brief lunch and recess, and she doesn't miss that much.
Hope this helps...