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Posted by Tami on September 16, 2000 at 19:55:37:

In Reply to: 2ndGrade... posted by RyanAmy on September 15, 2000 at 01:15:31:

We homeschooled our son with Down Syndrome until he was in the 8th grade. This was the time
he indicated that he needed something to have space to call his own. His own school. His own
things to do that were not always with Mom and Dad and sibs. We put him in public school
in the States with much trepidation. He loves it! Our son is not the academic your child is, however.
He is functioning on a 1st grade level and his speech is not particularly good. BUT from day one
I was teaching more than the public school did his kindergarten year. There is no substitute for
one on one focused learning. We did have him in Christian school for Bible, art and P.E. and
some science for while but by in large private schools are not equipped for special needs
children however since you child is keeping up with age appropriate grade you could check into
that. There is no since in wasting your childs time in school if they cannot give your child what
your child needs. Good luck and you are NOT alone, many have home schooled
their children with special needs. There is even a newpaper called NATHANN designed for
those home schooling special needs children. Take care.

: Our eight yr. old daughter is currently in second grade, reading on a second grade level and is just as capable as any other student. The neighborhood programs (HeadStart,local Elementary) have been terrific up until now, but we are really concerned as to the direction things are headed - the classes are to chaotic for concentration, kids are already engaging in sexual behavior(yes, 2nd grade in an upper-middle clas school!!!beware!!!)and cruel behavior is alive and well... we are spending 3-4 hours a night on math and reading and writing to keep her at and above grade level in what we can (even still she still loves school!) .......we are seeing a huge waste of a day for our beautiful baby girl - no focusing, bringing home doodles, getting sent to the principal for being dared to kiss another - help!!! Home school? Is private school an option? What do you do to keep the wolves at bay and a great kid excited about the world? Any one out there hear us??.....

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