I might post this in the Special Needs thread too, but I'm really wanting to get some insight into homeschooling/distance ed for my 5yr old with Asperger's Syndrome.
For starters, he attends a really lovely state school - his teacher is great, he has a wonderful relationship with his aide and he does fairly well from what I understand. However due to funding, the school are unable to offer him a full day with an aide, and from my preliminary discussions with the staff, they aren't all that willing to give him a full day at school without his adult helper. This is a real bone of contention with me, I am FURIOUS that my child is unable to access full-time schooling because of funding issues in the education system! He would be able to cope I'm sure, he's medicated which has helped enormously with his concentration and attention span and he's most importantly WILLING to learn.... I hate to imagine what my son's life will become if he can never have access to a full time curriculum - how can he become a productive member of society and a functioning adult if he can't have a full time education?
The problem for me is that I am a single parent who wants to study nursing (EEN course) so that I can try and provide a decent life off benefits for my child/ren (I'm pregnant with baby no.2 due in October).... rents are high where I live and I would have to be in a home with a/c if I was to school from home - I still haven't acclimatised to the awful humid weather after 4 years here!
Is there anyone in a position similar to mine? How did the HS option work for you and your child/ren? I'm still a little reluctant to take DS out of school even though I am extremely frustrated with his short hours, he loves going to school and likes his 'friends' and from what I can gather they're generally very accepting of his differences and difficulties.
My younger sister studies via distance ed. due to anxiety and PTSD from bullying 3yrs ago, so my mother has spoken to me about how flexible they are, what their OP scores are like and it seems like a viable option for me, particularly in terms of cost (we'd enrol under the medical option and costs are minimal for us)... I would have to give up on my dream of studying and eventually working until DS was old enough to study for himself from home without my supervision but I am willing to consider this if it will be of real benefit to him.
Sorry this is really long! I'm just quite conflicted still on whether to go ahead with this or not, of course there's also the fear that I won't do a very good job