GoVanGogh Posted July 2, 2012 Share Posted July 2, 2012 DS, always homeschooled, would be going into 5th grade this fall. We have outsourced a fair amount over the years... Art, sports, music, nature classes, etc. But he hasn't taken what I would consider a strong academic class (with homework and projects) outside the house since a 1st grade science class. Honestly, we loved that class, but the homework kicked our butts. He took a science class in 2nd grade that was wonderful - semester project with class presentation, but no homework. Not what I would consider rigorous or terribly challenging, just a fun supplemental class. So here we are at 5th grade. I strongly feel that DS needs to take an outside class that challenges him. I know what we do at home is challenging him, but I think he needs... I'm not sure really. Maybe it is being a part of a classroom environment? Maybe the independence it would foster? The requirement of a class presentation? I don't really know what it is that I feel DS needs, but I just keep thinking that something is "missing" right now. I can't really put a finger on it, though. I just think he needs a bit of a "push" academically that I am not giving him. DS has taken an academic camp at a local college the past three summers. He excels in that environment and just comes to life. I would like to find something that challenges him like that, but - as a homeschool class. We live in an area with lots of outside activities for homeschoolers, but I keep coming up short on things that I think will give DS the classroom experience that I feel he needs. The teacher that DS had for 1st grade science is offering a mixed science class for DS's age group. Pros: Know and love the teacher, know it would be the rigorous classroom experience I want Cons: Homework! And we have a heavy science focus in our home, so DS doesn't really need to an outsourced science class. What I really want is a foreign language - either Latin, French or Greek - or an electronics course, but I can't find anything for DS's age. :glare: I would love to hear how others decide what to outsource. Did you reach a point where you needed to switch from "fun" outsourced classes to something more challenging? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.