Quoting Autumn Whisper:" I have another year before my son is supposed to start. He is 4 now. I have homeschooled him for preschool, ... [snip!] ... I suspect he will, too. He learns SO WELL with me, too, and I have enjoyed teaching him so much, that we will miss that, too."
I'm glad that you guys have such good memories together, but at some point they need social interaction with people who are us though too. I think it's healthy for them.
Actually i had this same conversation with my high risk dr about my oldest. She asked me if i was going to send him to a private school because he is naturally good with numbers. She knows about it because when he was 2 (I saw her every other week or so for years during my pregnancies), he was telling time at the appointment. That's progressed and now he's doing full blown equations and stuff. ... at 5. Anyway, I told her that we had 3 kids now ... we couldn't afford to pay the tuition for something like that. She then asked me if i was going to homeschool.
Besides the fact that I'm concerned that he's going to quickly pass me in *my* understanding of math, he needs all that other stuff too. He needs to learn how to make friends and interact with people he doesn't know.
I would not consider him homeschooled by me before this. He's done it all on his own. All i did was show him the correct symbols. It's kind of cute .. when he draws pictures ... he uses numbers to make buildings. He made a snowman in a number house the other day and below it he put 1,000,000,000 + 1 =1,000,000,001 with the correct amount of zeros and everything. :) I specifically didn't do any type of organized curriculum or anything like that because I felt that he needed to be a kid now more than he needed to be a student to be ahead in kindergarten. He needed to play in mud puddles and watch bugs and build train tracks with his brothers.
Yes it's ironic. The jokes on me.
Also, i don't think there's anything wrong with homeschooling. It just wasn't something I wanted to do right now when he's going to be spending the next 15-18+ years going to school.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" I'm glad that you guys have such good memories together, but at some point they need social interaction ... [snip!] ... It just wasn't something I wanted to do right now when he's going to be spending the next 15-18+ years going to school."</blockquote>
He has several cousins he plays with regularly, and we go to the park often. There are a lot of other things I have been waiting until he was a little older to take advantage of, like programs through the zoo and the aviary. Socialization is not something I am overly concerned about.
I am also very concerned about the germs, because I live with someone that is soon to be on a transplant list. Germs are always having to be considered.
Besides, even though I realize that eventually I will not be the very center of his world, that does not mean that I will not mourn the loss of all that special time together, just he and I. I would mourn it no matter the cause of the change, because it would still be the change.
I do believe I could do a much better job of educating him than a public school. I am educated and learning one on one, to his learning style, would definitely benefit him. But I am aware of some of the benefits of public school, because then he gets to deal with the widest variety of people, the good and the bad.
If he hates it as bad as I did, and acts out because of boredom like I did, I would just as soon be homeschooling him, though. If I can find a way to do it.
In the end, I will do what I believe is right for him, and try to provide him an atmosphere where he can thrive. If that means public school, then so be it. If that means something else, then so be it. Education is extremely important to me; I just want to facilitate his learning, wherever or however.