Such a difficult question for any parent that feels led to do so, and even more challenging for parents with multiple children on the spectrum.
We've talked for many years about how nice it would be to provide a homeschooling environment for the boys, but for so many years, with them being so little and often hard to keep collected, we kept pushing the thought aside for another day.
Recent events in our elementary school and in observations of our oldest two have led us into the conversation again and we may very well be moving forward with it now.
Depending on who you talk to, there are many pros and cons to homeschooling kids on the spectrum. Lack of social interractions are an issue as well as learning to work in group settings, waiting, independence, learning how to work in and outside a schedule... the list goes on.
However, the pros to homeschooling are excellent in that the child gets an opportunity to learn in a more flexible setting. Chances for bullying is reduced as are opportunities for embarassment. A child can excel in a subject they are strong at without waiting for the rest of the class to catch up. They can also get extra attention in those areas they struggle with.
And the best part? They no longer spend 6 hours at a desk.
So why is this so hard? The commitment of a parent who choses this route is a long, serious one. The expectation is now on the parent to ensure the child is meeting the state's academic requirements. And unlike public school, it will require a financial investment.
I so badly want to do this as I feel I can provide the boys with experiences that most of their peers won't come close to getting, but the fear of failing them is riding on me. With developmental disabilities in play, there will be some extra challenges.
If we are successful with the first two, it is most likely we will bring on the second two when they reach the same grade level. (Yikes!)
Please be in prayer for us about this whole situation. I'm excited about the idea but want to make sure we are fully equipped and that it is indeed God's will for our family.