I don't know if it should be as agonizing as it is but I am totally overwhlemed and confused as to what's best.... any advice is appreciated.
Here's the background. My son is 9, has Asperger's Syndrome. Has attended public school since PreK- except for 2 months finishing out 1st grade because his teacher refused to follow the IEP. Fast forward to now, we have done mediation, filed a complaint with the DOE and it appears the school is unwilling to meet my son's needs. I had always wanted to homeschool him, and we planned on homeschooling our younger daughter, but with his challenges we were convinced to PS him.
I have decided that I know what's best, and we are going to HS him next year.
Curriculum seems to be the sticky part though. There are so many choices.
My son would be entereing 4th grade, he reads at mid to end of 5th grade, his math skills are "above grade level" according to his teacher, I do know he knows all multiplication facts to 9, can add and subtract any size number, can do simple division and they are starting on fractions. Science and social studies has not really been a part of his schooling unfortunately. :(
Given all that, here is what I have looked at...
Abeka, I like the looks of it somewhat, I am concerned about the religious part of it, we are not religious though my son does enjoy his bible studies with his "good news club" at school (not a school sponsored event the people from the baptist church just hold it at the school) Concerned about the lack of "novels" to read as that's something that's enjoyable for my son.
Calvert- I really like the look of this, I do not want something that I have to plan every lesson for, I like that it's all done for me. But it's very spendy and I have heard science and history are lacking... I am willing to spend the money if it's worth it, but I hate to spend that much and have to add supplements. I would also like to start a foreign language, and at the price of calvert I don't think I can afford to add anything...
piecing it all together- I like the look of history odyssey and R.E.A.L science as well as Science Odyssey, but that leaves me questioning how to get the rest of the curriculum- specifically English/Language Arts, Literature, and Math.