We're new to homeschooling. My son is a 6th grader who I've recently taken out of his public middle school due to his overwhelming anxiety over school - the overcrowded classrooms, bullying, difficulty in communicating with teachers (me and him) all contributed. He doesn't have any anxiety issues related to anything else but school. His older brother and younger sister are both doing well in their public schools but I am homeschooling him for the time being. He's seeing a therapist and we're trying to decide what the next best step to take.
It has been suggested to us that we need to get him back in school, little by little, using exposure therapy. The sheer *thought* of school terrifies him. I do not want to see him going back to this school considering the bad experience he had but am considering the possibility of a small charter or private school for him. I'm really torn between feeling like I'm "sheltering" him from his fears and simply wanting to protect my child and give him what he, as an individual child, needs. He's very different from his brother & sister and clearly was not thriving in a public school environment. Any feedback or moms who have homeschooled kids with anxiety? Or those who have homeschooled only one child in the family when all others go to ps? I definitely need guidance. Thank you!