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.