Hi! I'm doing some research for homeschooling for next year, as we plan on homeschooling our (nearly) 5 year old son. I have been researching it for the past several months since I'm due in April and don't want to have to think about it during my postpartum period. My son is in an IEP right now, but doesn't receive any special services like occupational therapy or speech in the public preschool he goes to. This was NOT our initial plan, since we wanted to avoid public school altogether, but he had some impulsivity and behavioral issues as well as speech delays that needed to be addressed. We wanted to help him socially as well. He hasn't been diagnosed for anything at all, but they said that he might be on the autism spectrum in the high functioning category. He has developed tremendously over the last year and now can hold conversations with us and tell us how he's feeling (angry, happy, sick, full, etc.) so we aren't worried about him that much anymore. His preschool teacher says that he gets a bit bored when they go over things that he already knows, like letters (lower and uppercase) with phonics or counting that the other students don't know yet. He's exhibiting lots of pre-reading skills and can recognize words. She says that he'll be happier in a more academically rigorous environment.
So now, I'm trying to get my homeschool together and I'm getting a bit overwhelmed by all of the options and stuff. I've narrowed it down a bit because he is a kinesthetic learner and learns quite a bit through play, music, and educational videos. We can get him to sit down if there is a reward to be had at the end of a lesson. He's currently is speech therapy and doing great. I'm thinking of doing a lot of visual and manipulatives based teaching for him once we get a set routine (he really needs routine). I'm just doing this really on a wing and a prayer because he is so unlike his younger brother who is more the sit down type and will be easier to teach in my opinion. Anyways, this is long enough. My questions are: Are there any ladies here with super wiggly guys who are easily distracted who are homeschooling and if so, what are you doing to get your lessons in? Secondly, I'm looking for a curriculum that is not exactly secular, but not totally in your face religious since I'm a Christian and my husband is Buddhist. We want to do the bible verses, but also incorporate his faith into what we do without it being contradictory ( I know, tall order). For interfaith homeschoolers, how do you incorporate your faith in your teaching? Do you incorporate your faith in your teaching and if not why? I'm just curious. Okay, for real now. I'm done. Thanks for reading this whole thing. I hope to hear from somebody soon.