My 5 year old is currently in a public school pre-K program designed for children with delays. He has both fine motor(4yo level) and speech delays(3yo level), and a few "quirks" that suggest an overall delay, but no diagnosis of anything specific. I also have a very high energy 2 year old. Last year he did really well in his class, but this year I'm not so sure. He's met all of his in-class IEP goals, but honestly he met them before he went on summer vacation last year. If we continue with public school, we're going to sit down and change his IEP. Most people have told me that since he met his goals, to continue with p.s. and his IEP.
In the meantime, I've ordered homeshooling for dummies, some Kumon workbooks, Handwriting without Tears, and started looking into Texas law.
I want to homeschool because -
- I feel like this is the best public school has to offer (low student/teacher ratio, program designed just for him), and he's still not able to consider mainstreaming into the regular age appropriate class
- I DO NOT want him in special ed once he gets into the upper grades. I don't want him to have that stigma and label. He is very smart, and was able to score on a 6-7yo level on certain areas of his quarterly assessment
- The program has lost a good amount of funding. Last year (when he did really well), it was 7 students/1 teacher/2 fulltime aides/1 parttime aide. This year, it's currently 10 students/1 teacher/1fulltime aide/1parttime aide, and they can add students at any point in the year.
- I spend a lot of time with him at home working on these things already, and sometimes between me and school, he doesn't get much of a break to just play. If I'm working on it so much, why not homeschool? KWIM?
- There were some allegations (that I heard 3rd hand, so I don't how true any of it is), that the aide hit one of the students. I personally don't believe it, as we've had the same aide and teacher all of last year and part of this year.
I'm afraid of homeschooling because
- I'm afraid he'll continue to fall behind and not be able to catch up.
- I'm fairly antisocial by nature, and I'm afraid we'll turn into hermits.
- I'm worried about being able to juggle it all.
That all being said, have you hs a delayed child? How is it working out? Any suggestions in getting started or getting over my fears?