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    Default Hi from Chicago's north side

    I'm Fran, progressive social activist by profession. My son was World Schooled (i.e. the world is our classroom) last year for his 2nd grade. We had some great experiences and field trips.
    I'm trying to do part-time public school part time world school for 3rd grade (school principal is not being helpful).

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    Welcome!
    There are people who do a combination of both... but the instances I know of arent for elementary schoolers. Is there some reason you want both, or that you cant have him full-time with you or enrolled in the school?
    World schooling sounds like a lot of good learning!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome Fran! You have so many opportunities for world schooling, just in and near Chicago. We are in NW Indiana, and we'd go into the city at least once a month for museums, the planetarium, activities, concerts.

    I'm curious as well--what is it you're seeking from the public school? I only ask since sometimes the ps schedule can crimp your homeschooling style in terms of flexibility.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Hi, and thanks for replies. Yes, Chicago has so many educational opportunities: museums, events, teach-ins, just getting to know so many different people from different backgrounds.
    The plan for the mixed public/world school approach is partly to address the other parent's preference, partly wanting to access some of the structured activities, group socializing. I support public education and public schools - it's the various growing problems (rigidity, teaching to the test, rote assignments, treating kids as consumers rather than developers of knowledge, etc etc) that I dislike and do not suit this particular kid well at all. I think a truly kid-centered educational system would enable a wide variety of approaches, schedules, styles, including hybrids.

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    Is it that the “other parent” 1) thinks homeschool will not fulfill your son’s academic and social needs, and 2) thinks formal schooling is needed?

    You may have luck enrolling in a private or charter school that has some sort of “alternative education” format - Like a Montessori, or a Waldorf (that is really a cult!!), or one that has a philosophy closer to your own.

    Mixing homeschool independence with a neighborbood public school probably wouldnt work in a general sense, but might possibly work on a small-scale such as participating in band or sports team (I think that is usually considered for older kids that have discrete classes... and also depends on willingness from the public school.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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Hi from Chicago's north side