I have just looked back through all the threads stared in this section and looks like no references to homeschool... not a good start then!
I suppose that means no-one on here either in the UK, or in Adelaide schools their children at home?
We have decided that for now, school isn't for us. Always had reservations about it (I'm weird I know) and in the UK we put up with it, found probably the best school to suit our needs there, but really intended it only a short term measure till we got DS1 into the school we knew we wanted him to go to here.
It hasn't worked out. Didnt settle in anything like he had previously done in the UK, and we limped through last term and saw a great difference in classroom management, expectations placed on 5 / 6 YOs (Reception - he was repeating the last bit of reception having done pre-prep at an independent school in Norwich). He was top of his class in UK, and even allowing for the expected regression (do watch out for that, and don't worry too much about it) on moving country and moving schools I felt he was taught too formally for his age, expected too much in the way of writing (his reading is, and was, amazing) and he was stressed himself about the written work to begin with, then fell into the new way of doing things and managed ok.
This term he went back to school - what, 2 1/2 weeks ago? Different teacher (not Australian - or British). I don't believe her classroom management is either a) suitable for 6 YOs, or b) typical of either the school's style (although I am left wondering whether it actually has a school style or ethos that carries through the school) or typically Australian. It belongs in a genre entirely of its own.
We have had a disturbing meeting with the teacher (well I sent DH because I was too upset and knew I'd get angry and just cry if I had to talk to her!) and heard a lot about DS1 at school and what she expects of him - and he is failing to meet her expectations. COupled with the fact that it is R-12 and all the entire school have recess etc together, I am also not particularly happy with the safety / supervision aspect of activity outside the classroom. She can't rule out bullying (but doesnt know). And she won't - its impossible to watch one child, and he doesnt say anything at 6.
We happen to be moving house - found long term rental in Kensington Park, exact size of property we were looking for etc and far closer to DH work meaning he will only have a 20 min drive each way.
School has been such a disaster DS1 is going to need to recover from it, and we want to give him some positive learning experience at home before we decide what to do next. Its a shame he's 6 and not 5 cos leaving once having joined the system presents annoying little legal problems with the registration requirements to Homeschool.
So - does anyone homeschool? Have you looked into it in Adelaide? Any tips on registration / or just observations from what I've said? PM if you think its too difficult to make professional comments in public, because I know there are a number of teachers on here. You may well be diametrically opposed to the idea of HS ( my parents are teachers so explaining that to them is going to be as difficult as telling them we were coming here). We may just do it for the remainder of the academic year, or whatever. Just want to catch our breath first and undo some of the damage she's done to him.