OK, I understand that this is a very personal choice...however, I'm so torn and seem to go back and forth. I have 3 kids. My oldest son will be 10 this month, my other son just turned 8 (entering 5th and 3rd grades, respectively.) My daughter is 4 1/2 and entering "Pre-Kindergarten" in the fall. She's gone to preschool 2 years and is extremely excited to go to elementary school. The one I worry most about is my oldest. We are in a very academic overachieving district, and although he tests appropriately for reading, he is considered below grade average and suggested to attend after school reading groups, tutoring, summer school, etc. (He's awesome in math). His self confidence is pretty low and he doesn't really have close 'friends'. My middle son is much more social and loves school, however academically seems to be headed down the same path as his brother. After a long school day, then homework and reading practice, there's precious few minutes for even family time, let alone more academics. Is it that crazy to want them to still have time to play at this age? They're still kids. I've talked with them about homeschooling; my daughter wants to go to school, my middle son says he wants to (I think because he thinks I want him to) and my oldest son wants to stay where he's at (he'd miss his friends he says.) Do I try another school (for him only to get 1 more year before heading to middle school), homeschool, leave him where he's at?!?!
I know myself well enough to know that if I screw them up by home schooling, I'll forever blame myself. I done a lot of research on it, on one hand it looks fantastic, on the other I found a blog of HS kids who all say they weren't prepared socially for college and wish they would have been in public school (we're not just talking a few kids, here.) I'd love some opinions..I've posted on other sites, but can't seem to get any feedback.
Thank you so much!