We homeschool--for quite a few reasons, but the top reason was because the school he was in (he was in preschool, kindergarten, and 1/2 year of first grade. The school I am talking about was the one he was in for first grade) wouldn't let him work on his level until he completed all his "regular" work. Work that he had done in PRESCHOOL.
I'm sure they had wonderful intentions, but ds just shuts down and goes into his own world when he is bored. He never got his schoolwork done. And they had a rule that children that didn't get classroom work done couldn't play outside at recess or participate in special classroom activities.
So. Ds sat INSIDE, ALONE during recess. And spent at least one day a week sitting out in the hall, ALONE, because he didn't finish his deskwork.
hmm...sounds very educational to me (and social too)
The other kids were the other reason we took him out. He is emotionally immature. He doesn't like death/dying, so won't play war games. He also likes the color pink.
Being innocent, as he was, when it came up, he told the class his favorite color was pink. From that day on, there was a group of boys that always threw their pink crayons at him and picked on him as much as possible.
We spent so much time at the school, in conferences with the teacher, being reassured all our concerns were being taken care of...and still after-schooling at home (supplementing his public school education at home...)
It just got ridiculous. And we started homeschooling.
If you want a non-religious program (or at least one you can follow without doing the religious aspects, I would highly recommend ambleside online (a Charlotte Mason inspired program): http://www.amblesideonline.com
or The Well-Trained Mind: http://www.welltrainedmind.com
We do an eclectic mix of both.
When ds was younger, he LOVED (I can't stress enough how much he loved these!) Brighter Vision Learning Adventure kits: http://www.brightervision.com
They offer an initial free kit, if you want to try it.
The kits come with a hardcover picture book, a level-appropriate themed workbook, a game, an activity, and stickers....they come once a month and were perfect up until he was about 4.
Sorry for the long post--I hardly get a chance to post--ds2 keeps me running around more than I thought possible.
Eilonwy--my brain recovered when ds was about 9 months old. I'm still back up to par, but I was so relieved when one day I realized I could actually THINK again (much to ds1's dismay, since it meant I realized how much schoolwork wasn't getting done!!)