My son is 7 years old. He's vivacious, loving, and has so much nervous energy getting him to look at you for more then 2 seconds before he's bounding off to do something else is darn near impossible. He's not stupid. He's a curious, hands on learner who likes bird watching and science, who can do complex math in his head before I can reach for my calculator. He's perfect...and he is failing 1st grade.
Last year they told me they wanted to keep him back in Kindergarten because he didn't know the work. He knew it. He just point blank wouldn't do it for the teacher. I though, heck, its just because he's a little rambunctious and she's a new teacher (first year teaching) and they just don't mesh. He went on to 1st grade after I requested it and he has a fantastic teacher who has been teaching for over 15 years, who up until about 15 minutes ago I was reasonably satisfied with. Gabe is behind because its hell getting him to get things done unless you sit beside him and point to each question. On top of that, he's "lost" his spelling workbook. He hates writing and I can promise you he didn't lose it on accident. I called to ask her if she was sure he'd gone home with it and to ask if we could find a way for him to skip part or all of recess until he catches up on his work load. The response I got was short and snarky - she practically laughed at my suggestion he miss recess, saying that even if she did keep him in he probably wouldn't get the work done. She made it seem like it would be a complete waste of resources to do anything more than let him plod along fidgeting and bored while the course work piles up around him. I'm so angry I could spit or cry.
The end of this month we are moving into a new home, in a new school district....and I don't want to give him back to the public school system. At the very least not for the remainder of this year. I want to know, if any of you experienced homeschooling parents know, is it to late to pull him out and home school him? If not forever, at least for the remainder of this school year and then the rest of the summer. Could he then test to see if he needed to go back to 1st or if he could go into 2nd grade? I don't know what to do anymore. I feel completely set adrift. My son deserves more than to be a number in a class and a laugh. My son is NOT stupid. He just learns differently.
Edited by Kristina Ann Bay, 04 February 2014 - 04:01 PM.