I have 4 kids altogether...13, 10, 5, 4. My daughter is in kindergarten at our local public school. She is very advanced (doing 1st grade work at home). I recently had her tested to see if she should move up to 1st grade, but even though she is well above her classmates, she didn't "qualify" to move up. I'm not sure I wanted to move her up, anyway, but I definitely want something more challenging for her than what is offered.
I work with her at home already because she is just in 1/2 day kindergarten. At home she is reading, doing 1st grade math, doing simple book reports on what she reads...and then she goes to school and "learns" letter sounds. The school tells me that she is learning valuable things like how to get along with other kids, stand in lines, work as a team with other kids. I agree in a sense, but I just see how much potential is being wasted.
My hesitancy is the fact that 2 years ago, I brought by 2 older boys home to do an online school and that was so difficult that they ended up going back to school. I know an online school is different than homeschooling, but I'm still hesitant. I have the school telling me that she's fine where she's at, but my heart is telling me that they aren't meeting her needs. I like the staff at the school and the teachers are nice, I'm just not sure if it's the right place for my daughter.
Did anyone else struggle with this? I could use some sound advice. Thank you.