Melissa - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




I sent my 4year old to K4 this year but he isnt' ajusting well. Im withdrawling him and have decided to start homeschooling him with the cyber school here in PA. Has anyone tried it and have any advice on this topic?


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My daughter also has a late birthday (Sept. 30). We started homeschooling K this year because she was bored with PK and I knew families where homeschooling was working. She loves it is reading, adding and subtracting up to # 10. I do in home daycare and she is by far a lot more advanced than the children I watch who are in PS in K. Homeschooling does work, but only if you have the desire to home school. If this is something you are interested in check out and the homeschool groups on circle of moms. Your local library is a valuable resource as well and I am sure has a lot of books on homeschooling. There are a few families in our co-op who use cyber schools and they really love them. We are going a different route, but I know the cyber schools can work as well. Good Luck and don't let others discourage you if you feel homeschooling is the way to go :)

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Rhonda - posted on 04/09/2010




no i havent..i believe school is where kids start there own life out there in the workd its there begining,... to meet friends and begin their journey..have you tried going to the school more? and being there more for a while..mine took a while but it worked out

C - posted on 04/09/2010




home school is the best for children as long as you can supervise the activities.It builds better bonding between you and your children.

Melissa - posted on 04/09/2010




My son is doing fine with the school work he has all good marks... Its just that he has a hard time keeping attention to whats going on. He does his own thing, i dont know if its cuz he already knows whats going and is bored or what. In pennsylvania, they have a public school called Cyber school is school on the internet and the younger kids interact with the teacher and everything like a normal child but he stays home and does work on the computer and with me.... every day i will turn in a report of his work and his progress. kinda hard to fall behind they keep on top of it, he will have a real teacher she is just in cyber world....she doesn't live far from us and they meet every once n a while. here he goes to school in K4 with is pre kindergarten and its only for a lil over 3 hours he gets to ride the school bus and loves it for the most part just recently he has showed a disinterest in going to school.

Angie - posted on 04/08/2010




I homeschooled my son in a few classes (not all). I found it difficult to keep him on task at times. Set up a strict schedule and STICK TO IT! Find a homeschooling group in your area so that you can get tips and ideas from other homeschooling moms. Homeschooling can be an amazing thing but it can also be a disaster if not done correctly. Keep doing research and see what you can learn in advance. He is really young for school and you might find that he is more interested as he matures.

Jakki - posted on 04/08/2010




Hi Melissa - I agree with Elizabeth about the age issue - in many countries kids don't really get started on serious schooling until they're 5, 6 or even 7 (in northern Eeurope). This is especially for boys. So I wouldn't worry too much about your 4 year old not showing any interest in academic pursuits. At 4 most boys just want to race around and play all day, and that's exactly what I think they should do!

My son was completely uninterested in doing any formal learning (eg reading or writing) until the day he started school at 5 yrs and 6 months, unlike my 2nd daughter who was busily copying letters at 3. But now he's fine and not lagging behind anybody.

So don't worry! And just a thought - doing formal home schooling at this stage (if he doesn't want to do it) may jeapordise your relationship with him, which would be the last thing you'd want to happen.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/08/2010




Be sure to be on top of the lessons I have met many children who are homeschooled and unfortunatly are behind in thier schooling. It CAN be done but it will be work on both sides. If he's not ready can't you just wait a year? I'm not sure where you are from but I live in BC Canada and I waiting until my sons were turning 6 before I enrolled them in Kindergarten (one was ready the other was not [I have a set of twins boys]) I have not seen many homechool projects work out for the kids or the parents. But if you can do it power to ya!

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