I've mentioned to our son for years about exploring a public education. This prompting from me was primarily due to his specific personality and interests. In addition to the following:
1. he enjoys a challenge,
2. he thrives within regimented structure,
3. he embraces academic discipline,
4. he desires "increased" social stimuli
This endeavor is exciting for us on so many levels. Just last month, he did a presentation during assembly with his Leadership class in front of the whole student body. He also finished his powerpoint presentation and a Language Arts essay. On Sunday, I took him to the local portrait studio for yearbook pictures, then we went shopping for an outfit for the upcoming school dance. There are so many milestones I'm experiencing all at once. It's like sending my child to kidnergarten for the first time, yet he's actually a teenager getting ready to graduate from Middle School :)
Marlon and I have never been anti-public education. We simply embraced the responsibility to educate and instill our family values as the primary source of influence for our children. We also strongly believe that is necessary to nurture the talents and interests of each child and we've found that the home setting tends to be the best means to accomplish this task.
There are so many positive aspects to our public education endeavor and we continue to have weekly adventures within this new experience. Thankfully, our son is VERY self-motivated. He completes his homework without prompting, wakes up early without complaint and regularly checks his academic progress online. I'm so happy to share that on his first progress report he got a 3.6 GPA with 4 A's and 2 B's.
If any of my fellow online friends have any tips or experiences to share about transtioning from Home Education to Public Education, please do not hesitate to drop a line or two. (Eventually, I'll likely post a video about our educational journey)