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My 4 children want to go to school. My youngest is the start of all this she is 4 will be 5 in Dec she wants to go to school NOW! She is very very bright. She is writing her name and all the names of her siblings and several others she has a fabulous memory for things she sees and she copies them on paper etc. SHe is doing several phonic games and ed games I am trying to challenge her all I can but still wants school.<br><br>
My oldest is 13 and will be 9th grade next yr she went to school up till 4 th grade I think she wants the social side of things.<br><br>
My middle to are 8 and 9 they are both late readers and are getting better this yr but they want to return next yr also they have never been to school. I worry a bit they are behind there peers in the manner of reading but will send them if this is what they want.<br><br>
How did any of you handle your HSers going back to school it makes me sad.<br><br>
We are starting next week getting up at 6 and preparing for school as if they were going I dont want them under the impression school is all fun and games. I am not sure why 100% that they want to fo I ask them what they feel they are missing and why they want to go and they just say they want to go. I have never been the one to force my children to do what they dont want to do so If HSIng isnt what they want any more then they should got o school.<br><br>
Any Advice?<br><br>
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I went trhough the same thing with my 8 y/o....about 30 minutes of doing things the 'school' way, and he had it out of his system. I thinkn it was the social thing and not wanting to feel different than the rest of the kids in the neighborhood...we have found a compromise since then...I have signed him up for some "classes" in one group (library, pe, and art) and we do lots of social stuff with the other group. And that has quelled the requests to go to school. My 4 y/0 is also very bright and writes and adds and so I have called him a K vs a preschool and signed him up for the classes also and tell...this has worked for us...I tried to figure out the issues driving the request and then worked to fulfill those needs/wants in a homeschool setting.
 

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Have people from their hsing group started going to school? What do you hink has changed?<br><br>
The 5 yr old won't get what she needs in school if she's that far ahead. Maybe an art class or something, instead? Maybe start a little literature group (or something) with some other hsers.<br><br>
For the 9th grader- she's probably just curious. If high school works out for her, great, if not, she can always come home again. High school is a little more flexiable class-wise and activities-wise than middle or elementary school. Plus, many older kids are able to deal with the social scene of high school as they find their niche- arts, sports, journalis, music, theater etc.- which is not as horrible as the scene in middle school.<br><br>
One of mine went back (6th grade) and he seems very happy. (Not public school) .
 

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Yes I think that they are just wondering what they are missing. I think the older ones should be allowed to check it out, they put in their time so to speak <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
I think the young one would not benefit from a ps setting. My DD was reading at 3 and is so far ahead of the other kids at swim class and soccer that I know she would not benefit from ps. I know she will wonder why she's not "going to school", but using classes and sports as socialization, I don't think she will put up a fight for too long.
 

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Frankly, I wouldn't let a child that young choose to go to school, any more than I'd let her choose to play in traffic. There's too much at risk for little to no gain.
 
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