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Old 03-23-2013, 08:24 AM   #1
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So we decided after sending my oldest to preschool that we wanted to homeschool. The school districts are not that great around here and we just felt that we could do better at home, plus some of the stuff going on in schools scares me (like middle schoolers getting pregnant on a regular basis!).

We found a pre-made Christian private school that we felt met our needs, and she did very well with it. She scored in the 95th percentile on her tests last fall, and seems to enjoy it.

Her sister, on the other hand, is my special needs child. PDD-NOS, anxiety disorder, selective mutism. We did Kindergarten this year. Homeschooling was NOT working for her. All of us were getting frustrated, she has issues focusing even with the flexible curriculum, and often she just doesn't "get it" and I don't know how to help. When we found out that she would potentially qualify for a scholarship that would allow her to go to a local "special needs" school, we jumped on it. This place is amazing - 2 teachers in every class, all special education teachers, the largest class is 15 kids. They do math and reading across grades so that they can work at the level they are at. All therapies are done in the room with all the kids so they can all benefit from it. The rooms are full with different aids for various sensory needs, etc.

Assuming that the scholarship goes through ok she will be going there in the fall. After their assessments they want her to "repeat" Kindergarten because they think the extra social skills they focus on in there will help her. Half of me is excited and so relieved to find something that I think will work for her, the other half of me feels like a failure as a homeschooling parent.


My son turns 5 Easter Sunday, and we were going to start Kindergarten in the fall. But in light of his sister going to Kindergarten we thought maybe we would wait a year (he is not mandatory age in our state until the 2014-15 school year) and just get some workbooks and such to "preschool" him. That would allow us to see how having one child in school affected everyone, and sort of ease him into it...is this a terrible idea?

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Old 03-23-2013, 08:57 AM   #2
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Sounds like you have thought this through and if you think it might work for your family then give it a go!
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Don't feel bad at all!! Doing what is best for your children is whats best! If she gets into the school(and I hope she does) it sounds like an amazing opportunity for her. For your entire family actually As far as your youngest...we let my oldest go ahead and stay back until later then started kindy homeschool...I don't feel like it hurts them and as a younger child in an already homeschoolong home I am sure he won't be missing out on to much! Good luck with everything!!
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Don't feel bad at all!! Doing what is best for your children is whats best! If she gets into the school(and I hope she does) it sounds like an amazing opportunity for her. For your entire family actually As far as your youngest...we let my oldest go ahead and stay back until later then started kindy homeschool...I don't feel like it hurts them and as a younger child in an already homeschoolong home I am sure he won't be missing out on to much! Good luck with everything!!
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Hey there,
I just saw this post and wanted to hop on here and say you sound like a great mom! It's definitely not easy figuring out the best fit for our kids education-wise, but it's obvious you've really thought this through. So, don't be so hard on yourself! And, as far as the situation with your son, ultimately, I think we all agree that you're the one who knows best what would fit for your family. So, trust your gut! But, if it would help, maybe you could get some advice from the teachers or counselors at the kindergarten? I'm sure they could give you some feedback on whether this might be a good idea for your son or not. Just a thought! In the meantime, I'll be praying that you'll have peace about whatever decision you make!
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Sounds like you have thought things through and it looks like a good plan to me.

You are definitely not a failure because your child is "behind". Kids learn differently and at different ages and that is one of the wonderful things about homeschooling.

I hope everything goes great!!
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