Little Guy and I have been frequenting the Starfall website. The child is reading like a maniac and having very little difficulty. Big Guy and I discussed the issues with the school systems in the area and have narrowed down the systems we will allow our son to attend. We've also discussed our concerns regarding socialization and extra-curriculars. Although, after watching the news, I am rapidly becoming convinced that the only way to ensure your child is well-rounded and can play in sports or have an instrument will be to homeschool them.
Three of the school systems in the area have been in the news recently due to financial troubles. I've made my position clear and we agree that there are two school systems that our son will not attend. We also narrowed down the systems we will let him attend. There's only one school system that I will truly feel comfortable letting Little Guy attend. There's one system that I will grudgingly let him attend.
Big Guy and I discussed some of the concerns with homeschooling, especially the socialization aspect, and discovered that we agree on everything. Most of our differences right now stem from the fact that we are placing importance on different aspects of schooling. My focus remains on education, Big Guy thinks that giving him access to a structured social life is important. However, we may have found a way to get around that while we live here. I'll keep you informed as we move along that path.
However, Little Guy is devouring the letters and books on Starfall and I am now looking for a similar website to let him practice math skills. I think we are good at learning numbers though since, with very little help, he can count up to 140. I do want to start practicing pattern recognition though, Suggestions?