going back to school after 2 yrs at home
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|Mon, 05-17-2010 - 5:57pm|
I'm totally going to ramble, since I don't have too much time, my toddler will be up soon.
Well, after two years of doing an online school from home, we are considering having our 9 year old try school again to see if it's right for him, since we moved to a new district and he's back to himself. (we might just pull him out again if he doesn't do well, it's like night and day with him at school and home)
He has gone from throwing fits, arguing, touching at school, teachers who were done with him, regressing in his writing, and too much frustration to a wonderful boy who enjoys learning, does a lot of writing, sets his alarm so he can get up to do his schoolwork, never throwing a true fit,awkward sweetheart. With a diagnoses of course- mild aspergers. Of course he hasn't had the pressures of being around so many children.
The old school had him go from grade 1 to 3, then he was to redo grade 3 in the gifted program to be with his age peers. We pulled him right out in grade 3 and started him on gr 3 work. So now he's doing grade 4 work, and is seen as a 4th grader in his online academy, but he's only grade 3 aged. He's even taking the grade 4 state testing, today actually.
I made an appointment with the learning specialist at the local school, which I heard is good academically and doesn't have as much of a problem with bullies. We'll have a tour, to show my poor DS that it's not going to kill him, and the learning specialist said she'd do academic testing to see which grade is best.
But you know what? He's always tested above grade level. In kindergarten he went to grade 2 for an hour a day, in grade 1 he went to grade 3 for reading (tested at 4th or higher, not sure since the test didn't go past 4th), since there wasn't anyone near the same level. BUT he didn't do much writing in that class... I would say he has age appropriate writing... when it's not too open ended or abstract.
But socially? He likes to play. He's emotionally behind. He has aspergers! So of course it's hard for him to understand others, work in groups, etc... and if he goes to grade 5 next year, that will be his last year before middle school. Scary. He's the type of kiddo I have to remind to brush his teeth, wash his face. It takes him a long time to tie his shoes. He doesn't have much concept of time.
Wow I think I'm rambling here. I just don't know. Send him to 4th- his age peers, possible boredom unless other kids have caught up, two yeas to prepare for middle school, OR send him to fifth- the grade he's technically supposed to be in, more at his grade level, minus all the writing and abstract things...
He can be convinced to go to either grade (another scary thing, he's so gullible).
What do you guys think??