A big reason we decided to homeschool was because my son seemed to be getting left behind at school. He said everything was too hard for him. I thought the math especially was moving too fast.. HIs teacher was great, but only so much she could do with having 24 other kids. She said he is a smart boy, but does't really try. Last year, when he was taking his week long state tests, she came to me and told me she was worried he wasn't trying. He was the first kid done and just seemed to write answers down. Yesterday we got the results of the state test and he came back Advanced in math and nearly Advanced in language arts. He scored a 97% in one area of math and a 93% in another.
So now I'm confused, He obviously was getting what he needed from school to pass with such high remarks. I think maybe we'll use this year of homeschooling to focus on self-esteem. I know he was in a high-acheiving school, so that could have played an issue into not 'feeling' smart.