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Thinking of homeschooling again! (PIOG)
by noraa21
March 1 at 8:54 PM

Hi, I have an only child, a 12 year old son who after being bullied in 4th grade, we decided to home-school for most of his 5th grade year and  all of 6th grade.  He wanted to go back to PS this year so we moved to a town that had better schools, and where he could be with his cousin.  He is now in 7th grade and the first half of the year he did fairly well, not all "A's and "B's" but not flunking out either.  Now that the second semester has started he is flunking science, social studies, Language Arts, and math.  

He asked me this evening if maybe next year we could go back to homeschooling, although he says he wants to do 8th grade so he can take photography again. He has/had high functioning autism, (depending on who you ask), and ADHD, is easily distracted, or can easily be engrossed in something if he thinks it's interesting.  He doesn't always understand what something is asking, has trouble with the wording of questions and is a very literal thinker, and seems to be more of a kinesthetic learner.   

My question would be, what recommendations for a curriculum would you make, he hates to read, (according to his social studies teacher he is reading anywhere from a 3rd-5th grade reading level), loves math and science but has a really weird way of doing math.  He also hates to write, and anything that looks like language arts he runs the opposite way!  So while I am seriously considering homeschooling again not sure if it would be for 8th grade or 9th grade, I am trying to get some ideas now, so I have time to check them out and save up the money for it. 

In the past we tired doing our own thing, and I fell into the trap of he's not doing enough and trying to re-produce PS at home, (part of that was also my mom always making comments), we tried K12, connections academy, CLE, Time 4 Learning, Teaching Textbooks and saxon for math, along with some other curriculum's none of which either one of us really liked a lot. 

I just dont' know for sure where to start this time, I will point out however, that I really don't want a curriculum that is lined with the common core that most states have adopted this year, that really sucks!  Also it can be Christian or not I am good with either, and I am thinking along the lines of a mix of workbooks and videos and science with lots of expierments.  Sorry this is long and thank you for reading this if you made it this far.  I just want to make it work this time if we do decide to do it. 

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  • TheJerseyGirl
    March 2 at 5:39 PM
    I just joined this group for similar reasons. My 12 year old is autistic, high functioning, doing pretty well in public school and is in 7 th grade also.
    My problem is our high school. There is no way on thisEarth I am comfortable with him going there. Mind you, my older two have done extremely well there but dealing with special education is different.
    I've been looking into homeschooling and what works best for autistic children. What i've seen is a strong focus on their strengths and interests. I don't know what your state requires but I'm going through an actual homeschool so we can get all accreditations through there. They meet once a week for lessons and then thru out the month for field trips and social outings.

    So that's about all the help I can be... Hopefully some of the moms here can be more helpful!
  • noraa21
    by noraa21
    March 2 at 7:24 PM

     

    Quoting TheJerseyGirl: I just joined this group for similar reasons. My 12 year old is autistic, high functioning, doing pretty well in public school and is in 7 th grade also. My problem is our high school. There is no way on thisEarth I am comfortable with him going there. Mind you, my older two have done extremely well there but dealing with special education is different. I've been looking into homeschooling and what works best for autistic children. What i've seen is a strong focus on their strengths and interests. I don't know what your state requires but I'm going through an actual homeschool so we can get all accreditations through there. They meet once a week for lessons and then thru out the month for field trips and social outings. So that's about all the help I can be... Hopefully some of the moms here can be more helpful!

     That's kind of where I'm at, there is no way I in good conscious could send my son to the high school he would go to, there are over 1,400 students there as of now, who knows what it would be like in two more years.  He had trouble for the first two months with the middle school having 600-700 students as he has always attended small schools. 

    Our state is pretty lax in what we can do, basically the only thing is we have to test them at the appropriate grades other than that we can do whatever we want to.

  • mem82
    by mem82
    March 3 at 8:03 AM
    LOL@actual homeschool! I think that's a bit of a misnomer. I don't use an accredited curriculum and have an actual homeschool,too.
    I understand what you mean,though.


    Quoting TheJerseyGirl: I just joined this group for similar reasons. My 12 year old is autistic, high functioning, doing pretty well in public school and is in 7 th grade also.
    My problem is our high school. There is no way on thisEarth I am comfortable with him going there. Mind you, my older two have done extremely well there but dealing with special education is different.
    I've been looking into homeschooling and what works best for autistic children. What i've seen is a strong focus on their strengths and interests. I don't know what your state requires but I'm going through an actual homeschool so we can get all accreditations through there. They meet once a week for lessons and then thru out the month for field trips and social outings.

    So that's about all the help I can be... Hopefully some of the moms here can be more helpful!
  • mem82
    by mem82
    March 3 at 8:07 AM
    Oops I quoted the wrong person.Darn phone!

    Quoting mem82: LOL@actual homeschool! I think that's a bit of a misnomer. I don't use an accredited curriculum and have an actual homeschool,too.
    I understand what you mean,though.


    Quoting TheJerseyGirl: I just joined this group for similar reasons. My 12 year old is autistic, high functioning, doing pretty well in public school and is in 7 th grade also.
    My problem is our high school. There is no way on thisEarth I am comfortable with him going there. Mind you, my older two have done extremely well there but dealing with special education is different.
    I've been looking into homeschooling and what works best for autistic children. What i've seen is a strong focus on their strengths and interests. I don't know what your state requires but I'm going through an actual homeschool so we can get all accreditations through there. They meet once a week for lessons and then thru out the month for field trips and social outings.

    So that's about all the help I can be... Hopefully some of the moms here can be more helpful!
  • mem82
    by mem82
    March 3 at 8:08 AM
    Op, good luck! It sounds like hs is a great idea for your son.
  • TheJerseyGirl
    March 3 at 12:22 PM
    I know! I didn't know how else to word it! Lol

    Quoting mem82: LOL@actual homeschool! I think that's a bit of a misnomer. I don't use an accredited curriculum and have an actual homeschool,too.
    I understand what you mean,though.


    Quoting TheJerseyGirl: I just joined this group for similar reasons. My 12 year old is autistic, high functioning, doing pretty well in public school and is in 7 th grade also.
    My problem is our high school. There is no way on thisEarth I am comfortable with him going there. Mind you, my older two have done extremely well there but dealing with special education is different.
    I've been looking into homeschooling and what works best for autistic children. What i've seen is a strong focus on their strengths and interests. I don't know what your state requires but I'm going through an actual homeschool so we can get all accreditations through there. They meet once a week for lessons and then thru out the month for field trips and social outings.

    So that's about all the help I can be... Hopefully some of the moms here can be more helpful!
  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    March 3 at 3:33 PM

     Find out how he learns best & find a program or curriculum that leans toward that learning style!

  • noraa21
    by noraa21
    March 3 at 3:39 PM

     

    Quoting usmom3:

     Find out how he learns best & find a program or curriculum that leans toward that learning style!

     Hands on and visual, (watching movies, videos, etc) if he can see it or touch it he can ppretty much figure out how to do it.  Right now I am looking at math u see or systematic math, other than that I have no clue what else to look for, still searching. 

    I haven't figured out how to have him see or touch reading and writing yet!

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    March 3 at 3:56 PM

     

    Quoting noraa21:

     

    Quoting usmom3:

     Find out how he learns best & find a program or curriculum that leans toward that learning style!

     Hands on and visual, (watching movies, videos, etc) if he can see it or touch it he can ppretty much figure out how to do it.  Right now I am looking at math u see or systematic math, other than that I have no clue what else to look for, still searching. 

    I haven't figured out how to have him see or touch reading and writing yet!

    Use closed captioning on the tv that will give him the opportunity to see & hear the words at the same time! As far as writing dose he like to draw? If you encourage him to make comics where he can draw & write the dialogue might be a good compromise.

  • noraa21
    by noraa21
    March 3 at 4:06 PM

     

    Quoting usmom3:

     

    Quoting noraa21:

     

    Quoting usmom3:

     Find out how he learns best & find a program or curriculum that leans toward that learning style!

     Hands on and visual, (watching movies, videos, etc) if he can see it or touch it he can ppretty much figure out how to do it.  Right now I am looking at math u see or systematic math, other than that I have no clue what else to look for, still searching. 

    I haven't figured out how to have him see or touch reading and writing yet!

    Use closed captioning on the tv that will give him the opportunity to see & hear the words at the same time! As far as writing dose he like to draw? If you encourage him to make comics where he can draw & write the dialogue might be a good compromise.

     OMG, yes he loves to draw, next to building with Lego's that's his favorite thing to do and he is really good at it when he wants to be!  I never thought of something like that.  This is why I love these groups, something that might be so simple is so hard for me to come up with and then some one else says it and you are like  gee what a brilliant idea! 

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