What made you decide to do it?
I think I could write a novel on this lol. I'll just list some of the key reasons:
- My daughter has TS, ADD & OCD - she needs more one on one attention that the school can provide. She's too far advanced for special ed. but has a hard time keeping up in the regular classes with 20+ kids.
- She's been bullied because of her TS
- She would come home from school miserable and reading and homework were always a fight.
- I know we can do better in 4 hours a day, than the school does in 8.
- I was tired of being told I should medicate my child.
- I didn't like the person she was becoming and the bad habits she was learning.
We are finishing our 2nd full year. We started with the oldest and had to stop because of custody issues and my youngest did a full k4 program in less and 4 mos.
We are doing this for a few reasons. The older child we adopted from a family member and she was tossed around so much from home to home and moved over 30 times by the time she was 5 1/2, so we just wanted her to feel secure. When she came back to us she was on her 34th move and was going to fail K. She is doing well and on target for grade level. She is finishing up 2nd grade.
Our youngest and bio DD is to stinkin' bright to be in a classroom. Factor in her food allergies and her inability to be still when she has eaten corn products and you have a serious recipe for disaster with her education. Not to mention they won't let kids check out books from the school library if the reading level is more than 1 year ahead of where they "should" be and not based on where they are. She is reading at an almost 5th grade level at the age of 6. She would be bored to tears in a classroom and in trouble ALL the time.
The first year I homeschooled was for pre-k. We couldn't afford to pay for preschool, and I figured I could teach her what she needed and more.
We are homeschooling again this year for kindergarten because DD was able to learn SO MUCH leading up to pre-k and during that first year that she's now actually a lot ahead of her peers just entering kindergarten.
Our schools here could not/would not accommodate that disparity by continuing her education where we left off, which meant she would essentially be repeating kindergarten again. We didn't want to waste the progress she's made, so we decided it's best for us to continue homeschooling.
Also, we like taking vacations during non-peak seasons, when places aren't so busy and crowded. It's definitely a plus!
My son has sensory issues. He was 4.5 before he was potty trained but knew all his letters and sounds at 2. Food is a constant struggle(what he's going to not going to eat, how it is served, etc) we often do school in his PJs "because it's most confortable". He doesn't like crowds or loud wild kids. He HATES change in routine which includes doing school year round and sometimes on weekends. He's super bright loves Science and math but struggles with frustration and temper issues when learning to read. I give him all sorts of special accommodations I couldn't possibly expect in a classroom and consistency he depends on....I could go on but that's enough!
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