do you think i should homeschool my 6yr old?
my son is coming home from school very upset, he never gets stickers from his teacher, he gets bullied by the older kids in the play ground at lunch time, he came home with nits and his education is going backwards instead of improving, i have spoke to his teacher and the principle but it seems to be brushed off, another boy pulled his pants down and tried to play with him all while in the class room! i have recently found out that there are others that are homeschooling for simmilar reasons. this is the only school as we are in a small town but it seems to be frowned apon by other parents that are blind to the schools inability to control there enviroment, not sure what to do! there is no funding for the homeschooled children and im finding it would cost a lot to buy many of the learning programs and not 100% sure on what sort of programs that i should be putting together does anyone have some advice or opinions???????See Answer 10 Add Answers
Thats a tough situation & I'm sorry you are having to go through that.... My Idea would be to write a letter explaining what is going on in the classroom and the problems your child & other children are experiencing. I would deliver this letter to the teacher, the principal, & the Super Intendant, explaining in the letter that all will be receiving it. This should put everyone on the same page & if it does not gain the attention of all involved then I would think of a more drastic action like home school. I am going to assume it cannot be that you are the only parent in the predicament at this facility so you might be able to get some additional signatures on your letter as well. Homeschooling pulls children out of a social environment where they learn a lot about interacting with others (sharing, expressing thoughts, etc.) so I would try to make that a last option choice & if necessary try to find some age appropriate activities where your child can still interact with others in his age range. I wish you the best & good luck with everything. I hope that this issue gets the attention it deserves & is handled quickly. Have a great day & a Merry Christmas.
Please remember that schooling and learning are NOT the same thing. I would encourage you to take some time over the next 2 weeks and look up John Taylor Gatto on the internet and what he says about public (actually any) school system. He was a 30-year school teacher veteran and quit and now goes around internationally telling people why kids SHOULDN'T go to school. As to the argument about socialization: Most homeschooled kids that are abnormal socially would have been just as wierd in school, it is just that homeschooling couldn't have been blamed as the culprit. Homeschooling does not make you wierd - you already are - it just is used as the source of blame.
Finally, I homeschool my kids. We don't spend a lot of money and you don't have to. You can buy all the "stuff" out there, but it really is not necessary - he is 6 years old. Buy him some play-dough, make cookies, read stories, show him you love him, take him to the park and play outside while other kids are only dreaming of being outside. Give him exposure to the real world without having the bullies make that his exposure. If he wants to try school again someday - let him. Give him "real" choices, not ones you create for him. Go to the park and look at leaves and animals and classify them. Make kool-aid pops and talk about why liquids freeze. Good luck - if you take him out of school you can't harm him any more than the schools are already doing!
Hi, I think yours is a case where it is a good idea. I've known other moms to start homeschooling for the same reason. I'd suggest you join a yahoo group of homeschoolers as they will have lots of great ideas. There should be, perhaps, a YMCA where your child can join a swim class or team or do something else to stay connnected with other kids. Rod & Staff has a great inexpensive curriculum (www.rodandstaffbooks.com). They are memonite, but we just skip the bible stuff we don't want to use and I've heard of others doing the same. They also don't believe on making big profits, that is why it doesn't cost a lot. There are ways to do it for free too, but I'm not the person to ask. LOL! I Homeschool reviews is a great place to find curriculum reviews and prices; you could look through it to see what is inexpensive to give you more options...that is... www.homeschoolreviews.com. Oh, of course, if you are in the US, there is a free public school curriculum...they send all the things you need ... even dirt! ... for science projects. K12 ... http://www.k12.com/ It looks really good, and I've heard a lot of people who are happy with it. This would also ensure he was at the same level as his public school mates if he ever needed to return to public school. ...And it is accredited, and he would get a diploma when finished! ...less work for you. I would encourage you to try homeschooling. It isn't as hard as it may seem. :) We love it and wouldn't have it any other way. All the best!!
Source(s): www.k12.com, www.homeschoolreviews.com, www.rodandstaffbooks.com
I would absolutely homeschool him. Pull him out of that school right now. I wouldn't subject my child to that another day. You would think that you wouldn't have to worry about your six year old at school. Usually you have to worry once they start middle school. Kids are so mean. Times haven't change. This school is so out of control if the teacher is letting things happen in the classroom and the principal isn't doing anything. You don't need funding. I homeschool my daughter. It doesn't have to be expensive. You can get a lot of materials online and at the library. You can order workbooks and textbooks that aren't expensive. I was doing the ACE Paces this year but my daughter is very bored with them so next year I am going to completely do my own curriculum for her and it will be much cheaper if I do it myself instead of going with a learning system. Good luck. You can do it.
I would try to make contact with the other parents who are homeschooling in your area. It really helps to have that kind of support if other people are in a frowning mood. Maybe they've already set up some kind of a co-op or arrange social events, classes etc. My 5 year old takes weekly French and Music classes with other local home educated kids as well as attending the regular socials. We haven't paid out for any sort of formal curriculum or learning program so outside of those two classes it isn't all that expensive.