Why did you choose homeschooling versus going the traditional school route for your child?
The classroom environment and curriculum of public school was a complete mismatch for my son.
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. :)
The very first reason I did was because my husband is in the army and we knew we'd be moving a lot and we wanted to give our kids as much stability as possible.We've expanded our reasons as we've been doing it.
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.
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. =)
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.
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