So, I am wanting to get some advice on homeschooling. We have been homeschooling for the past several years, with success. Our daughter is in the first grade and she’s reading chapter books on her own, for hours daily, at a much higher grade level. She’s solid on every other core subject. We have teacher friends in her district that are very supportive and think that we are ahead of the curve educationally versus where she would be at in the system. However, we don’t have a robust social system in place for her where she can get daily interaction with other kids her age. Recently she’s expressed that she wants to quit home school and go to regular school so she can learn with other kids. We’ve been pretty intentional about scheduling weekly play dates with her friends that go to school, as well as getting her involved in extracurricular activities. It’s becoming apparent that it’s not enough.
My wife and I are both torn, but for difderent reasons. We both agree that the curriculum we are doing at home is faster paced and more advanced than regular school and she’s really doing great at it. But my wife sees more of a physical threat at sending her to school and I see more of a spiritual threat. Throw into the mix that my wife, due to my work schedule, has to be the main teacher and is feeling overwhelmed and inadequate, especially as our kiddos get to middle school one day, it’s becoming difficult to justify homeschooling. Even though I’m sold out to the idea, we need a workable solution for:
A) continual, almost daily, socialization for our kiddos, and
B) at home options for curriculum (such as a virtual high school) once the kids reach an older grade level.
We don’t have answers to these questions and even our church family is limited in resources here.
Any advice or comments or similar stories from anyone out there would be appreciated! We really don’t want to pull the plug on this one, but we’re struggling to get answers to foundational issues we’re having on continuing implementing home school in our family.
(Also, apologies on the missed devotional tomorrow! This issue has been eating up my time and resources the past dau, but I plan to be back tomorrow!)