Thanks for the encouragement. I and the dr. thing that my son should finish out 5th grade in school - let him have the fun of graduation and the party.
I've been praying so hard about what I should do next year. I guess I've just been second guessing the Spirit and I know better than to do that. Yes, I do want to homeschool him starting 6th grade. I don't think he can handle the environment and the pressure and I know there are other kids that will prey on him because he is just so innocent and wants friends.
I met with his teachers Monday and told them I wanted to be notified when there was homework because he really does not have a short term memory. The counselor wasn't happy with that but the special ed teacher wrote into his IEP.
I have the BIG IEP meeting in one month. When I've had two teachers say outloud that they are worried about him going into 6th grade I need to accept that as another answer to my prayers.
They may be so fed up with me by the end of the IEP meeting that they'll want me to take him out of the system. I'm going after them not on the academic level but more on the protection level from bullying etc. and how they expect to protect him. I'll probably leave the meeting without signing anything. I do what to have this meeting just to have a "current" base as to where he is.
They metioned that he seemd happier right now. I told them that baseball season started and that he had two friends from church on his team. When the counselor asked what postions he played I told her pitcher and outfielder - she couldn't believe it and almost said that was impossible since he didn't like attention on him. I should have informed her that Heavenly Father gives these special children a wonderful talent that they can be great at and this is just one of his.
You're right that they are very sweet kids and I don't want to see that taken away and that is exactly what would happen. It is sink or swim.
I think I'm rambling here - sorry. My husband is against me taking him out of school but I'm for it. I don't know what he has against it other than that would mean I couldn't go back to work - and I wouldn't anyway - he needs to know where I am and that I can get him if needed.
We have a member of church that is a 4th grade teacher and she said she would be willing to help me. She is tired of not being able to teach. She said all she does is prep them for the tests.
You're right I need to remember that I am his mother and take the plunge and not be so scared.
Thanks for all your wisdom!