i go back and forth with myself all the time about if i should mainstream school my kids or if i should keep them home. i hate how public school forces children to fit into a narrow little box. i want my children to feel FREE to learn, not to be FORCED to learn.
i can see already that while my oldest will enjoy the social aspect of school he has traits that have me doubt if it will be a good fit. he is crazy smart, never sits still, is interested in things way beyond his age and is so independant his speech is actually delayed slightly because he NEVER asks for anything...he just does it himself. idk i see him struggling to conform to a school structure. i see him getting bored easily. i see him pushing back when pushed to do things he doesnt want to do.
he is two and already knows how to push the choke, put the key in the ignition, turn it and adjust the throttle to both the atv and the logsplitter. he LOVES tools and walks around the house with his dads screwdriver and tried to unscrew anything he can get his hands on. i have to keep him inside when my husband is doing things like changing the hydrolic fuel on a piece of machinery because they kid wont keep his hands to himself and is dad's little helper (which sometimes is not much of a help lol!)....it doesnt matter what it is he wants to know why something works the way it does and wont give up until he figures it out. i see this being such an issue for him in school because he will get frustrated at the timeframes if he wants to continue doing something he finds interesting and will not want to switch over to something else. i can honestly see this kid being a deisel mechanic by the time he is 14 if he was left to himself!
i was sort of like him in school and they tried to beat my spirit until i gave in....by 14 i quit going. i moved out by 15, got my cna certificate then i went on to school to become a massage therapist, opened my own business and after that ran a chiropractic office for 7 years. i KNOW that my kids can succeed even if they dont have the "formal" education of public school because i myself did very well without a formal high school education.
but i am scared of not being "enough" for him. were you ever afraid of making the leap? if so how did you handle it? did it get easier once you decided to unschool? are your children happy? are YOU happy?