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Old 08-25-2008, 08:52 PM   #11
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Is there any chance there's someone in the classroom that intimidates him--or even bullies him? There's a good chance that same child could be in his classroom this year. Does the teacher do small group activities? When I taught, we had aides come in for about 2 hours during the day and the classroom would be split up into 3 small groups and rotated during, say, phonics. How does he do with the smaller group interaction then?

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Is there any chance there's someone in the classroom that intimidates him--or even bullies him? There's a good chance that same child could be in his classroom this year. Does the teacher do small group activities? When I taught, we had aides come in for about 2 hours during the day and the classroom would be split up into 3 small groups and rotated during, say, phonics. How does he do with the smaller group interaction then?
No really dont think there is any thing like that. He is normally anxious about new things, he is always been like that. Plus the school has a zero tolerance bully rule and they watch them carefully. Even at recess there are 4 teachers watching everything going on. It really is a good school. We met the teacher last night and she seems to have a good handle on things and plans to asses them and group them together by their abilities. He does fine interacting with other kids it is the adults and the environment he has trouble with.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:11 PM   #13
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Man thats a tough one about your DH refusing. Why is he so adamant about not hs'ing? If it's just because of "lack of social interaction" Does he really think it's going to be any better refusing to interact in a public school setting? Atleast try to take him to one of the homeschool activities... maybe compromise and see if you can let him do the homeschool group for a couple of years to "wean" him into a larger social setting. Whether that happens or not is untold.

I can attest to the fact that if a kid hates school and is "antisocial" in first grade they will most likely hate it throughout. I hated kindergarden and really never grew out of it. I hated the emphasis on sports and popularity, even starting in grade school. I knew the material, did great on tests, but hated the standardized aspects of it all. I could read a chapter and take an exam a week later and pass with an A. So I didn't do homework. I eventually became the classic delinquent and dropped out. Use me as an example. Lol make me seem worse though. Tell him your son could end up like me. :gasp:
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:06 PM   #14
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hugs to you mama. but i would keep pushing it (gently) with DH. i know my dh wasn't too much for it until i showed him the home school sports league in our area. and hugs to your ds. at least he has an understanding teacher that is open to communication with you and is aware of his anxiety. who knows...maybe she'll be the one to draw him out. good luck!
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that's hard that you and DH are not on the same page.

we haven't started school yet, but i have already told my two girls that are going ( one to kindy and one to 1st grade) that at any time i am willing to pull them out. no matter what i don't want them unhappy when they are supposed to be learning. LEARNING is the goal of school, the socialization is an extra. if they aren't learning then they need an different structure.

my Dh isn't really "on board" with homeschooling, but he too agrees that the kids' happiness is most important and if they are so unhappy that they can't learn then they need to be at home.
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Heres an Update for you.
We got a chance to talk with the teacher and she seems very understanding. Yesterday, was a good day. Daddy offered to take ds to school but he wanted to ride the bus. This at least lets me know the bus is not the problem.
He came home happy said he even vollentered to do a cheer for the letter of the day.

I opened email communication with his teacher and she said he was really good yesterday. Raised his hand once and stood up with them at music (but didnt actually sing). I am feeling better. He teacher has really made the effort to make him comfortable and the classroom is really homelike and comfortable. They even have a couch in the reading area and floor pillows.
Fingers crossed.
I know he still have bridges to cross and difficult days but I hope that she will continue to support him.
I still would like to have him home (but maybe that is a selfish wish)

Thank you everyone.
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