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My dd will be entering kindergarten next year(I know I still have some time) and I HATE the thought of sending her to public school. There are only 2 schools in our district and both are way overfull with kids. We also live 30 minutes from town so either I have to drive her in and pick her up every single day with 2 other small children or I have to let her ride the bus, which is 1.5 hours each way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
Part of me loves the idea of homeschooling her because then she's here & we can learn together and she'll learn what she wants to learn, but another part of me feels she'll be missing out. Missing out on friends, field trips, and lots of other fun stuff kindergarten classes do.<br><br>
Anyone else feeling this way? How do you make the decision?
 

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do you have any local homeschooling groups? We're only at the "preschool" age and we've got plenty going on in the way of social activities. All of his friends went to preschool this year so I enrolled him in a gym class and an art class (since I'm on partial rest so I probably would've only signed him up for the gym class normally). I'm on a couple different homeschooling groups email lists and have tagged along to some on some of the trips knowing some of the mother's would be bringing the younger ones. We have a beach trip next week - and the following we're going on a "field trip" to Sturbridge Village for homeschool day... lots if not MORE you can do for field trips and social activities... but then I live in a pretty populated area.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">do you have any local homeschooling groups? We're only at the "preschool" age and we've got plenty going on in the way of social activities. All of his friends went to preschool this year so I enrolled him in a gym class and an art class (since I'm on partial rest so I probably would've only signed him up for the gym class normally). I'm on a couple different homeschooling groups email lists and have tagged along to some on some of the trips knowing some of the mother's would be bringing the younger ones. We have a beach trip next week - and the following we're going on a "field trip" to Sturbridge Village for homeschool day... lots if not MORE you can do for field trips and social activities... but then I live in a pretty populated area.</div>
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There is a pretty big homeschooling group here actually. I live in a pretty conservative Mennonite community so there are lots of homeschoolers, although the way I would homeschool would look much different than theirs I think.<br><br>
I guess I just feel overwhelmed trying to decide.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Depending on your state, kindergarten may not be required at all; you may have more time than you think to decide.<br><br>
As to missing out on friends and field trips-- does she have friends now? Does she see other kids at parks, or anywhere? Neighbors? Field trips are SO much easier at home, in my opinion; for one thing, they're always within your budget (you would probably be quite shocked at how much money parents of public school children end up shelling out each year for their "free" educations).<br><br>
And of course, there are all the other things she'll be missing-- six hours under flourescent lights, three hours on a bus each day, a very crowded classroom where she can either go entirely unnoticed or you can be forced to become one of "those" parents.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
There are probably more homeschoolers like yourself in your area; districts which are overcrowded are also becoming 'crowded' with homeschoolers. There's a district in my local area which not only has the lowest stats for EVERYTHING for high school, but also has the highest number of homeschooled high schoolers. Check the internet and the library for support groups in your area.<br><br>
If you're looking for more support, field trips, friends, and other parents to talk to, you might want to find out if there are any cyber charter schools in your area. Your daughter would still technically be a public school student, but she'd be at home with you.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">but another part of me feels she'll be missing out. Missing out on friends, field trips, and lots of other fun stuff kindergarten classes do.<br></div>
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My kids get far more field trips, time with friends and fun stuff as homeschoolers than my eldest ever did as a Kindegardener. I think you may have a romaticized view of what school is really like for a lot of kids.<br><br>
I personally think that school involves a lot of wasted time. Adding an hour or more of travel each day amounts to a whole lot of time that could be better spent playing, learning what she wants, painting, singing, reading with mum, napping, baking, going on walks, playing the piano, seeing the sights around town, hanging out with family, going to concerts or plays, etc etc etc.<br><br>
It's a hard decision to homeschool but if you ask most homeschoolers they will tell it's one of the best decisions they have ever made for their families.<br><br>
good luck<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I live in a pretty conservative Mennonite community so there are lots of homeschoolers, although the way I would homeschool would look much different than theirs I think.<br></div>
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Maybe, maybe not. I'm often surprised at families' approaches to homeschooling. The hippy-dippy pagans with a rather rigid schoolish curriculum and the conservative, left-brained types who are ferocious unschoolers - I can have people pegged all wrong.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Maybe, maybe not. I'm often surprised at families' approaches to homeschooling. The hippy-dippy pagans with a rather rigid schoolish curriculum and the conservative, left-brained types who are ferocious unschoolers - I can have people pegged all wrong.</div>
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You know, there's a bit of that around here, too.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> (Hippy-dippy Chaos Mage, CLW, cloth-diapering, still-sleeping-with-all-three-kids, dreaming of organic home-grown veggies and herbs mama working within a decidedly rigid curriculum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">)
 

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Ugh....3 hours on the bus each day would be awful! I bet you could homeschool. Sometimes I worry about the things DS will miss out on by not attending school; but then I think of all the things he will miss out on if he DOES go to school. Your DD, for instance, will have no time to play...after 3 hours on the bus, she will still have homework to do, and depending on the school and teacher, I've heard of 2nd graders having over an hour of homework every night!
 
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