I have come to loathe the PS system, but she's talking about going back
I didn't feel this way when we first started, but the more I've learned about home vs. public school, the more I've come to loate it. In my mind I see a cinderblock institution of brainwashing and sheeple training (yes, I know this may sound a tad overboard). I'm of the mindset that rote memorization and learn-and-forget is useless... it doesn't truly educate. For a thousand reasons, I disapprove of public education for my children.
I was doing some housework earlier and DD9 google searched private schools in our area. I'd told her previously that whenever she went to high school it would be a private school, so that's what gave her the notion. Plus her desire to no longer homeschool.
It's not that she really hates homeschool. I think she misses being around kids. Namely recess. I have to see this look of longing on her face whenever we drive by her old PS and the kids are on the playground. We go to co-op and she gets to play but it's not the same. She also plays softball and the girls usually play on the playground before/after. She also has "recess" at home but lately the weather has been rainy and cold... when it's not raining, it's overcast and the ground is still soggy. Plus the outside toys have been neglected. The dog has carried some off and chewed them up. They've gotten dirty. We're buying a new swing/play set here soon, and now that I'm thinking about it we'll get some new outside toys as well.
Another problem is juggling my two little kids and the fun activities. It's hard to find time for science experiments with a clingy, fussy baby and a SPD toddler. She's been struggling in math too. She gives me grief about doing anything besides her time4learning.
Okay... after writing all this, I think I've found the problem. Our HS needs a complete overhaul. She's not being stimulated enough. There's not enough fun stuff going on. Not enough field trips. Not enough fun outside time (an easy fix, especially since Spring is almost here and we're already buying a new swing set). The art supplies are a mixed up mess. Her computer in her room is messed up (she's getting a new one whenever our tax return comes through). Not enough structure. I need a firm list/schedule. We are completely child-led save for math and LA, but some days she thinks that means lay around and do nothing.
Did I miss anything? I don't want her to go back to PS. Plus I'm pretty sure she'd be miserable within a week. She hated it before... except for recess/lunch/art.