I homeschool my kindergartener through a charter homeschool program. We love everything about the school except the mentor teachers it seems. I'm trying to remind myself this new one doesn't understand his capabilities or understand him because we've only met with her once. She's trying to put him down at kindergarten level when he's not working there. The school tested him at 2nd-4th grade level depending on the subject. He has various other things going on too like sensory processing disorder, anxiety disorder, and impulse control disorder. I've been told he will likely be diagnosed with aspergers as he grows.
Now I have spent the entire school year working on finding his level and what works for him. We do a lot of hands on curriculums, a lot of discussing, very few workbooks or writing. And I make sure that we are done in about 3 hours unless we have some big craft project or something we are doing for fun.
We switched from our old mentor because she was pushing him and me. She was trying to control everything. She would shove workbook after workbook at me and not even remember she asked us to do it. She wasn't listening to what I said. And she acted like she completely knows everything about my son because her daughter has completely different special needs.
So now this new one... I feel like she is trying to parent my son! She goes "you've had him all over trying to get a diagnosis, let's hold off on that for now." No actually I took him to a doctor who referred him to neurology who referred him to behavioral health and then the first doctor agreed to give him the referral to the OT I wanted so I stopped at that point. I got him help with what I felt was the biggest concern and it has been huge in our lives. And who are you to tell me when to stop anyways? Not that I had any plans to continue but still...
Then she hands me a kindergarten math book to work in. I didn't even look at it until we got home really. She knew he was just getting into 2nd grade math u see so why give him kindergarten? Yeah, we won't be doing that. He flew through the entire book this morning because it's math games on patterning, sorting, counting to 10, and such. He's been doing all of that since he was 2 thank you I'm not putting him back down there.
She also gave me a reading curriculum he is going to hate. I guarantee it. It's the one they typically use in public schools which is really involved. She likes it because it incorperates everything (spelling, social studies, reading, etc) in one book. He's at different levels in those things! He's starting to read chapter books and she gave me the 1st grade book. Nope, not going to do it. It's being returned to her and being told it's too easy for him. Meanwhile she keeps telling me to "remember he is still 5." yep and that's why I teach him how I do. That's why school work is fun for him and only lasts 3 hours of the day. I strongly believe he needs lots of free time to play!
She's all upset because he doesn't know what a CVC word is. He can read them, spell them, write them, change any letter in them to make a new word in his head, and point out consants vs vowels so who cares if he knows "this is a CVC word".
She was trying to get him to do a journal where he draws back and forth with her until I showed her his journal where he is writing 3 sentances with proper spelling and punctuation in print or cursive. She was shocked.
I really, really want to go independent. But he loves his school. He loves feeling like he's a part of something. He loves the workshops. He loves his friends and teachers. Plus I don't know how I could possibly afford it with how fast he flies through curriculums.
At least I have the academic case manager on my side. She's tested him and won't let anybody put him back down. He needs to be challenged.