You know, I am in a similar situation right now. My best friend has 4 kids, and just pulled the oldest 2 (ages 3 and almost
out of school (mid-year, mid-semester) to homeschool them.
She made a friend who homeschools her kids and sings the praises of homeschooling and this somehow gave her the idea that she can do it, no problem.
My concerns? She has 4 kids (2 infant twins, a toddler, and a school-aged child). She is VERY disorganized and everytime I have talked to her while all of the kids are at home and her husband is not, she is pulling her hair out. When her oldest 2 were in school it was more than she could do to just keep the house livable.
But she hates the idea of her kids being in public school and says she will not be able to afford private school for all 4 of them. I am a huge public school proponent, but admittedly, my kids don't go to Miami public schools, and she says they are pretty bad.
I think that she's just not happy with any school, even when she had her daughter in private school she always found a reason that she didn't like that school and would switch her daughter's school at least once during the school year. BTW, none of the reasons she decided to pull her out of school ever seemed like a very big deal to me...
So, when she started talking about homeschooling her kids I told her to do her research and REALLY think about whether or not she can handle it, and make sure that they get everything they need, and will still be properly socialized. She assured me she was not making any rash desicions and wouldn't pull her daughter out mid-year.
Yesterday when I talked to her, her daughter was home. I asked if she was on winter break. Oh, no... they pulled her out of school last week to be homeschooled.
I just let my head fall into my hands. I'm really worried about this b/c while my friend is very smart, and a dedicated mother, she is also very frazled and disorganized most of the time. I'm concerned she is not going to be able to handle it and her daughter (who was in the gifted curriculum in public school) will fall behind and have a hard time catching up when she (inevitably) decides she can't handle it and sends her back to school.