After being HSed for many years, DS has decided he wants to got to a brick and mortar school. It starts in one month. I am cool with it. He is 15 and grade 10 bound.
Here is the issue:
Ds can barely write by hand. He writes everything on keyboard. He has no issues with composing, spelling, etc...it is the physical act of writing that is the issue.
At home he does all his writing on computer.
I am worried about his ability to take notes in class and such. There is no way he will like it or keep up!
I am strongly considering getting him a laptop or something. $$ are a bit of an issue - I can afford something but would love it keep it under 200$, $300 max. I am imagining something that can print would be best.
Do any of your kids use laptops or ??? at school?
Should I talk to the school? - I do not think he needs an IEP, scribe, or less writing heavy assignments....just access to technology. If the teachers have their notes online that would be great
Ok - here is the parenting question:
DD, age 12, also goes to a brick and mortar school. She does not have the same writing issues, but she does not like to write by hand. She can write by hand, she simply does not like to.
If I buy a laptop for her brother to use but she does not get one she will be upset. She already believes that her siblings get more than she does (OT example: but very recently I made a rule that she could not sit in the front as DS, who is 6 feet, is too tall to sit in the back of the car. His head touches ceiling - it is a safety issue) I do not think she believes her brother cannot write - just that he doesn't. Who knows - she may be right - but the reality is he is nowhere up to par in his ability to write by hand at this moment.
So...what to do?
a) Talk to school. Do not buy anything at this point. See how DS deals with writing by hand.
b) buy a laptop or other such device (input on device, please) and give it to DS. Make it multi-use at home
c) buy a laptop and insist they share, even take turns bringing it to school.
d) buy 2 laptops. DH will have not be happy with the spending.
Help! Thanks for reading this wall of text,