I have reconsidered my idea about placing Dakin in public school. I am really feeling now that I need to homeschool him, at least for now.
Here in Texas, Dakin would qualify for services through the local school district here in a few weeks when he turns three. We had decided to wait on the program a year for germ concerns and were going to stick him in next year, buuuuuut...
Nope. I'm going to homeschool. And here are my reasons:
3. I am a product of a mother who worked in the public school system for nearly three decades, and I have worked in it myself. She saw appalling things happen to the 'special needs' kids. So did I. I won't have it. Anyone that spends any time with Dakin can see that he is clearly intelligent, but due to his physical limitations he will be considered special needs. I will NOT have him labeled, placed in box and left there (it happens!!!). Won't do it. Saw it happen, and I won't. No no no.
5. Dakin, at not even three, can count (he got all the way to 29 the other day!), knows his letters, all his colors, shapes and animals. Even the weird ones. I don't want him sitting in a pre-K class wondering why he's the most advanced kid in the room. Bored kids cause trouble.
6. I just feel good about it.
7. I forgot to mention germs.
Now, don't get me wrong. I am a graduate of the public school system. I got an amazing education. If Dakin were running around like other kids, this would not even be a question. He would be in public school. But I think, considering everything, this is best for him right now. If in a few years he decides he wants to be in public school, I will put him in.
I'm actually really looking forward to it. I have a degree in education and have done a lot in curriculum planning, so I know I have my work cut out for me. Starting up next fall!! Wish me luck!