Why did you choose homeschooling versus going the traditional school route for your child?
Short version is that public schools can't look at kids as individuals. They dont have the manpower to make learning fit a each child's needs and learning styles.
They were crushing my kid's spirits by trying to fit my kids into their one size fits all world.
My child was ahead in most areas, though behind socially, bored out of her mind and they did nothing they said they would to help her. One day she ran around the classroom and would not sit down, I agree this is wrong, instead of calling me they called a special education teacher to come physically restrain her. I never received a phone call. I found out when I went to pick her up.
The last straw was we moved in the middle of the year and I did not want to fight a new school to get her challenged so I started her with k12. At the end of the year when I had to decide what she would do the next year, I asked her what she wanted to do and she said... " I can go back to regular school". When asked why she stated that is where parents send their child to get a break and that she enjoyed helping the other kids. I cried and explained why I sent her to school. Then asked which she learned more at. She said at home.
We have not looked back.
Two doctors (an ENT that treats neuroimmune issues and an optometric specialist) actually recommended it! My 11 yr old ds has autism with unique issues including hyperlexia--he decodes/spells words at a 10th grade level but his reading comprehension is below 2nd grade level.
I had been considering homeschooling for a couple of years since hearing good things on message boards for autism. But this board gives me so much valuable information and even though I don't post too often, I find it very supportive. :)
by AnnaBrightNovember 8, 2013 at 2:09 PMMiddle school here sucked and my kid was being tortured because she was a "rich kid" on top of being expected to help the teacher with a few struggling kids. Shes happier and can work at her speed not the slowest persons' in her class
by posh417November 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM
DS was in public school for kindergarten. He was getting picked on in the classroom and on the bus. I complained and tried to get the teacher to watch out for him a little more or seperate DS from the other kids, but the teachers never did anything. DS was coming home with bruises, scratches, even bite marks. It was horrible.
Before his tonsils were taken out, DS was sick all the time from being outside. I told his teacher DS had allergies and couldn't run around too much without having an allergy attack, but they would give him red stars for bad behavior when he wouldn't participate. It pissed me off. After his tonsils came out, he was able to play more, but he was still getting picked on. So I pulled him out. I told him not every school was like that; there were nice kids he could make friends with, but it takes time, but he refused to go back to public school. I was homeschooled my whole life and teaching felt natural.
If I could go back, I'd have homeschooled to begin with. DD is now homeschooled as well and she's loving it.
November 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM
We actually originally started the kids in public school. It was not until the kids got older when we decided to home-school them vs keeping them in the main stream. I.E. School issues, bullying, not working with their learning curves, Common Core - only to name a few. =)
November 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM
I didn't. My kids BEGGED. They were so miserable in their "very good" schools. And it got to the point that my oldest was going to have truancy issues. So I studied up and made her a deal. It worked out well.
We couldn't afford boarding school, military school or private school either. We had very few options really.