My fears with my son were confirmed well before he even entered school. While I was working and he was in daycare. The center was all about school readiness. I was constantly being called in for "developmental delays" in his play. He wouldn't "play" cooking. Didn't like to "play" house. He didn't "play talk" on the phone. He didn't even play with these types of toys or show interest in them. By the time he was in VPK (age 4) he was doing well with certain aspects, but was falling significantly behind in the writing and reading. He flat out refused to do his Kindergarten readiness exam at the age 5. I went around and around with the school board. They said I had "No logical reason" to withhold him from Kindergarten. My only option was home school or public school. I was a single working mom. What was I to do? I didn't think he was ready at all. His birthday is May 27th. School here starts the very first week of August. I just didn't feel he was ready.
He nearly failed Kindergarten. They passed him because his Math abilities are extraordinary. He was working in 2nd grade math. Now in first grade his favorite thing is the times tables, and I'm not talking 2x2 he's into his 7s and 8s now. He likes fractions and he thinks gemometry is cool. His reading and writing are dragging him down. He's just now testing into first grade level and it's almost the end of the year. He hates school. He's begging me to take him out. They keep him from recess so he can have extra time on his classwork. My curious and eager to learn child is quickly shutting down on me. They've been testing him for two years to develop and I.E.P. plan for him.
Now that I'm married I'm able to be a SAHM. But I'm in college. There's a place here called O2BKids. that he's in. He loves it. He does dance, gymnastics, karate, and his favorite thing is the rock wall that he can climb. They've got a small home school program where the kids meet once a week. They have science classes and art classes. Really big on the hands on things. And during the summer camp program they take field trips that include Swimming, Parks, Skating, Bowling, Movies, Rock Climbing, Zoo, Springs, and other such things. They also have O2B Expeditions, an optional part of Camp O2B to theme parks like Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Wild Adventures, and Wild Waters. Which we did last year and he got to go to Sea World for an "Educational Tour" and really got to get hands on. Which is what now has him raving about being a Marine Biologist. He's old enough to be on the campus by him self and during the summer that's no problem there's lot of kids there all the time. However during the school year, until the after school program starts there's really no kids his age there. It's mostly for the little kids 0-5 and the Mommy & Me groups. So I don't know how well it would work out me sending him there during the hours of my classes.
I'd love to home school him, and I've looked and looked and looked online. I don't know any home school moms around here. And the moms I do know approach the idea of home schooling like it's something from the Middle Ages.
Most of the programs I am finding are religion linked. Not a route I am wanting to take. We're Buddhists.
I don't even know if I can home school while being a full time student. Advice. Resources. Anything would be really appreciated.
Thank you all so much.
Thanks to the suggestion of using a secular school that would be able to incorporate our religious beliefs (which I never even thought was possible since, I'll be honest, I was under the close minded assumption that private schools--including private home school programs--meant some sect of Christian teachings.) we found that Global Village School really fitted what my husband and I are considering. I've already called them and spoke to their consultant, also they're sending me more information in a packet.
My next step is transferring to the O2B Kids there and networking with local moms once we move and get settled into our new city, which frankly has me terrified.
Just a little bit my life experiences.