I am not having a great time with my 4 year old DS in public pre-school and could use some advice or ideas.
Background: DS has been adding, subtracting and reading some basics for quite a while now. I put him in pre-school because I thought that would supplement what he had learned and help him advance. Unfortunately, I have found that his class is just barely learning letters and numbers. His teacher doesn't care that he already knows the material; in fact, she likes that he "learns so quickly" so she can use him as the example student. (He could practically teach the class it's so far behind his abilities grrr...)
Even though I live in supposedly one of the better school districts in the state, from what I can tell, this seems to be the norm. I have pulled my older children out of public school and they're now homeschooling. However, I HAVE A FULL TIME JOB. Yes, I work from home, but I work the whole day, my kids are home working with me, but I can't do any schooling during the day. My older kids and I work on the weekend to plan the week and get help with what they don't know. I am keeping careful track of their progress, but much of it is self-directed learning or programs such as ALEKS. It's working out really well and they're advancing beyond their peers, but I can't homeschool a pre-schooler.
So I am willing to put up with a slow-learning pre-school class, but I don't want to move DS into kindergarten. It's more of the same - slow learning and DS who is so far advanced right now will continue to be an example child until the other kids catch up with where he's at. He has to wait for them to add and subtract before he'll learn anything new... and that could be a couple of YEARS.
My options are limited: I can't homeschool because I don't have the time. I have a small daycare budget for DS so I could apply that to a private school, but I don't think I could afford much. We do have free, online K-12 schooling available in my district, but it requires a Learning Coach, which is an adult to facilitate the instruction.
Does anyone have any ideas and/or suggestions? Are there cheap private school options "out there?" Are private schools even any good? Is there some other choice that I'm missing?
Thank you for reading all of this!!