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Should I home ed?

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Punnet Wed 13-Apr-05 14:05:05

Ok, for those who don't know, I am a student mum of three boys, eldest is 5, awaiting a diagnosis but he has social skill impairment, high IQ, no imagination in terms of role play, but can make up songs etc. Inappropriate behaviour is an issue (eg, noises / lying on floor in shops). Flaps arm and runs around uncontrollably, and has fits of aggression / eg pushing for no obvious reason.

School were struggling so he is to see Paed next week. But he has always complained of bullying, and last few days he came home bruised citing the cause as one particular child. Dh went to see teachers and dep head this am, as DS cowering in corner scared to go to school. School denies anything going on. When cornered, DS said he hurt himself in the bath yesterday with mummy. I had an early college yesterday, he didn't have a bath.

School don't like ds (described him as a sly liar on parents evening). I am seriously considering home ed'ing him for a month or two when I finish my course in June; we move before the next student year anyhow, so the whole blinkin school with its (sorry) rancid teachers vanishes then.

Don't know what to do. I can cope with ed'ing him, but it's not going to improve his social skills is it? And what about things like PE; he excels at foorball / athletics (when they can persuade him to take part) but we would struggle to pay for extra curricular things at this stage.
Can't go on like this though; burst into tears twice at college today and I need to be with it to hold it all together.

pixiefish Wed 13-Apr-05 14:07:23

it's not for long- go for it

Gwenick Wed 13-Apr-05 14:10:04

I@d say for it, only a short time, and there's alwasy the park and a football if you want to do PE without the added cost.?

coppertop Wed 13-Apr-05 14:16:37

I would say go for it. It sounds as though it's an option that would suit you both. At 5yrs old they don't do any particular sports anyway in state schools (don't know about private ones). Ds1's class tend to do exercises or ball-throwing etc. I may be wrong but I've heard that some places have schemes where home-ed children are charged reduced rates for daytime visits/activities.

coppertop Wed 13-Apr-05 14:17:37

There are a few mumsnetters who home-ed. They may be able to give you more specific information too.

jayzmummy Wed 13-Apr-05 14:17:46

Punnet....GO FOR IT!!!! I have been HE sice last October and I love it.

BUT make sure that you can get some time to yourself each day!!!! It becomes 24/7 otherwise and can be very exhausting.

There are a few things you need to do if you want to HE.

If you CAT me I will go through them with you.
Maybe we should get together then our boys can socialise together!!!! Your not far away from me at all.

Davros Wed 13-Apr-05 16:28:41

I'd say go for it for the short term but get chapter and verse from Jayzmum and others first. Have you looked at EducationOtherwise? Google for them. Although people are always saying that kids who are home edded don't miss out socially because of the network and that home edders get together it will be harder for a child with social impairment iyswim. What is on the horizon school-wise after this one?

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