Madelyn's birthday falls at a very unfortunate time for starting school, at least here in VA it does. She misses being able to start kindergarten by 24 days. I am hoping to be able to have her test and start school at 4 because she (like everybody else's child) is advanced. No really. She learns so quickly and picks up things that I am afraid that if she doesn't start school until she is almost 6 that she will be bored in class and have behavior issues.
I really have three choices in this matter. 1. Sit back and let what happens happen. 2. Work with her on preschool curriculum and pray that there is a program to test her into kindergarten (should probably research this). 3. Just straight up homeschool her. The problem with full time homeschooling is that I never planned to do that, I always thought I'd be back at work when she started school or in school myself. I don't know how qualified I am to teach her and for how long. I've done a fair amount of research so I'm not actually worried about her getting socialization, or extra curricular activities, I'm just worried about her and I bumping heads so much that we lose the benefit of learning.
So this is where I tell you my choice. In mid-August we will be starting a full on preschool curriculum and have "school" in our house. I can't sit back and just let what happens happen with my childs education. After we complete preschool, we will see what and where our options lie.
Of course I will be documenting it here as we go and letting you all know how it goes. I'm really excited about it but making myself wait to start until I have all the materials and resources I need to actually get going for a full time program. So here we go.
The three resources I have and will be working primarily from are:
Confessions of a Homeschoolers K4 curriculum
The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading
Slow and Steady Get me Ready
Anyone have any other suggestions?