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|Sat, 10-27-2012 - 10:22pm|
We have a completely average, boring 5 year old. He started kindergarten in August, and I swear, he has never been so sick in his life! Plus, he broke his collar bone a week ago, and even after specifically asking that he not participate in either recess or PE, he managed to trip and have another kid fall on top of him in PE class. (We even have documentation from his ortho, stating that the fall contributed to his bone being more dislocated.)
The school district we live in is not exactly the best, even under ideal circumstances--his kindergarten class has 24 (TWENTY FOUR!!) students, and our district report card is... Well, pretty awful. Our first parent-teacher conference was last week, and though his teacher seems very nice, the "checklist" we went over was almost exclusively stuff that he knew before he went to school. We did sign an IEP for speech therapy, but I think we'd still be able to get speech therapy, even if we homeschooled? (We live in Illinois, if that makes any difference.)
Right now, the biggest problem would be logisitics. I am a full time student, and my husband works weird shifts. However, given the fact that we no longer feel like we can really trust the school to provide the supervision our son needs, it looks like homeschooling might be the route we are forced to take.
What are the steps that we would need to get that started? I'm positive we can provide a full kindergarten curriculum, (well, except for speech therapy) and we can solve logistics issues. I just really need to know what sorts of things we would legally be required to provide to the district to prove that he's getting an equal (or, hopefully, better) education.
A few other notes: We live in a very small, rural, conservative community. No one homeschools. I suspect he could probably just come to "big people school" with me (I'm in a science field, and most of my department has met and enjoyed/tolerated him) a few days a week, stay with his dad a few days a week, and maybe stay with his grandparents a few days a week. Though this would make giving him a set schedule impossible, would it still be feasible? Is there a "best" curriculum? Ideally, I would like to do something a bit more classical, and more math/science based. We had looked into The Well Trained Mind when he was a toddler, but my husband was worried that he would "miss out" on school. Now, after the first two months, we have come to the realization that school might not be the best choice.
Sorry this is so long and rambling! I had just imagined that we would start kindergarten, and everything would go swimmingly! I never thought we'd have to scramble to figure out how to homeschool after school got started because we simply cannot trust his school.
Thanks in advance for all your help!