I was also bored out of my mind in school. I hated it. I could do the work - about 3 years before I got it - so I was always bored. I remember finishing tests long before my classmates, then I'd start talking!
My DH tested very high also, but he couldn't seem to sit still in school. His first son had the same trouble. They were so bored, they got into trouble. They learn in a more hands-on way than the public schools could provide.
When our DS was born I had decided to stay home. I was 43 and had lost so many, and this was our only child. I started looking into homeschooling him - probably more for me. As he got older I could see that it would be better for him.
He isn't eligible to start kindergarten till this Fall and is doing 1st and 2nd grade work now. He loves learning, but his tolerance for sitting still is low and he bores easily. He can always keep himself amused - if you let him away from the table. His pediatrician said he is not ADHD - they thought DH and SS were also, but they tested borderline. He just has a very hands-on learning style, once he learns something he doesn't want to repeat it, and he never wants to stay on one thing long. I've been reading that most boys have trouble sitting as still as public schools require - till about 2nd grade. Our Ped. said the best thing for DS is homeschooling because the public schools just aren't set up for kids who are ahead and active. There are no classes around here for him. Only classes if his boredom causes him to act out like his older brother did and that is because those kids are disruptive. It is more a punishment.
They had a survey in our town and asked what the schools could do to encourage some of us to send our kids to school (a lot of kids here are home-schooled), but they say they don't have funds to be able to offer different grade levels to kids who are functioning above their ages in some subjects. And, like my son, many don't run the same level in all subjects. My friend's 8 year old, for instance, runs high in history and reading, lower than his age in math.
Then, to top it off, I can teach him more than he can get there. He is learning Spansh and sign language. There is no pool, and I can take him to the community pool in the next town during the day. He also gets more exercise at home.
I don't know what the answer could be. Till then, I guess I am homeschooling. Is anyone else doing that?
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