Dont' know if this is right place to post and sorry in advance for the length. I have been thinking seriously of homeschooling my boys and my husband is considering it, but not as strongly as me. He is a public school was good enough for me kind of guy. So bear with me as I lay out my case to you guys and hopefully I can work through this. Background: My DS7 has been in the system since 2 yrs old because of a speech delay and rigidity issues (sensory). Attended public special ed pre-school and got him talking by 4 (still 2 years behind) and then mainstreamed into Kindy & 1st grade. He received an ADHD/ASD dx from a Pedi Neurologist after prompting from 1st grade teacher for evaluation. [btw ASD diagnosis was not found by the school evaluators]. He is now in 2nd reading at a Kindergarten level and still gets speech support as well as pulled out for 45 min a day/ push in for 30 min/day for reading/lang arts. His medication has helped him tremendously in terms of concentration and behavior in school. Off meds is a different story at home In Math, Science and other subjects he excels provided he does not need to read or write extensively oral and auditory expression he is grade level or above. Goal: Get him to grade level in all areas as soon as possible with minimal interventions. Progress: Not as much as I would like. He is making progress but with the 7 hours they have him a day plus the one on one attention with his IEP, I believe I could do better. I fear they will keep passing him with inflated grades and he will get further and further behind his peers and the impact socially as well as academically. Example: His class has 3 spelling lists of 15 words each 1 for approaching, 1 grade level and 1 advanced. DS7 brings home a customized list of 8 words from approaching the easiest 3 letter ones. Really? Grades on those modified tests run from 60 (with the option to rewrite misspelled words 3x for 100 which is averaged to an 80 in the grade book) to 100 last week. Another example is he is constantly bringing home papers with bad handwriting, misspelled words, incorrect grammar, no punctuation, etc and he gets As? What? How is he to learn and grow if you keep telling him it is good enough for an A? He got an 89 for Language Arts/Reading on his 1st 6 wk report card - Really? Maybe for a 1st grader Yet they have him working endlessly on adding single digit numbers which he can do in his sleep. Hubby solution: Work with him more at home. My responses: He is on ADHD medication from 7:00a to 3:30 when he gets home. The school has him for 7 hours a day over an hour one on one time. I want him to have time to play, work on music, physical activity (essential for ADHD), Cub Scouts and Church activities. Where am I going to find more than 30 minutes a day to work with him (off meds) and still keep him well rounded? My solution: Finish out the year and see what they say at his ARD meeting and end of year Reading results. If not satisfactory (ie, not in the ballpark of 2nd grade work, but still giving him As .) then try homeschooling. Advantages: -Concentrate extensively on reading and writing skills one on one. -Allow him to advance in math and science as his reading/writing capabilities allow - Teach the curriculum within the typical 7 hour day with time to spare to include more PE, religion and the arts. - I would want to follow the same texts/testing as public school, but on our timetable within the academic year (ie, not restricted to a 36 week year year round school if needed). -Would be within the timeframe of his medication and therefore would not disrupt his sleep/eating schedule. While on meds his appetite is nil and needs to be off for several hours to fall asleep in time to get needed hours before the next day. - I hold 2 master degrees though none in education, but I have taught at the college level as well as Sunday school at the elementary level and served/serving for years as Scout leader. Disadvantages:- Loss of my free time while they are in school my music practice time would be impacted (I currently play piano and violin upwards of 2 hours a day, plus take lessons at community college) as well as household chores (but would provide opportunity for the kids to take on more duties, as well) - Essentially taking on a part-time job with no pay. - Loss of skilled interventions with speech and reading. Would be able to get speech therapy through health insurance and private reading tutor, but at a cost which we really cant afford. - He loves school My DS10, who is above level in everything, would love to be home schooled and will be entering Middle school next year another can of worms if you ask me. Thanks for reading and appreciate any responses.