I got sucked into watching a special on PBS' frontline special called "the medicated child" If you have time check it out it is seriously scary!! Here
It hit home for me on a major level.
I am having the hardest time making a decision. My little boy Michael is amazing. I know, I know all parents think there kids are special. But let me tell you a little about my son.
The minute, and I mean he minute he was born, my Mother and I looked at each other and we both said "Wow, he has been waiting a very long time to get here" We both just knew he was so old. It felt like he was so much wiser than I was and he was literally minutes old. As a baby he never stopped crying. He would have to be moved every 10-20 minutes in order to keep him entertained and occupied. At 5 or 6 months he was figuring things out on his own. Finally one day he stopped crying and started walking. At 9 months. Hallelujah, I thought "great he just needed a little more control. I did better with him than my next two, he signed allot so we were able to communicate early and he could tell me most of the time what he needed. But he still kept sticking his fingers in the light sockets (probably shocked himself 10 times by the time he was 1),and jumping from all different spots along the couch. He has just always been extremely curious.
When he was 20 months old he got really into the prophets and decided he wanted to know all of them, so I taught him the song. But that was not good enough so we printed pictures and he learned them by sight. At 3 he tought himself how to add and subtract. I am not kidding He taught himself he came into the room and said "Mom if I have three apples and then I get 2 apples, I have 5 apples" I said, "you are so right. But what if you ate 3 of those apples?" He thought for a minute and said said "I will have two." This went on for a while we went up to if you have 9+4, it took him a while but he came up with 13. Earlier that year he got assigned to read the article of faith in primary and so we went over it a few times during the week. On Friday he came up to me and got about halfway through the article and wanted to be able to say it all. It took all of five minutes and he was reciting it just fine.
Now that he is older 4, he wants to read. I have come to the decision that I will help but, I also am not pushing this new stage because I guess I don't want people to think I am some crazy person and pushing him to hard.
Now however he is wanting to know more every day. We have read a book on the solar system. He has learned so much about all of the planets and if you talked to him he would teach you all about it. He will move on to something new in a few weeks. I have a book on he presidents that he is starting to like. Anyway.....
To my point, I seriously give him two weeks in Kindergarten before I know I will be called in to "talk" about him. I know I will hear the words Ritalin,ADD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder. He needs allot of attention and is a learner but, he does get very frustrated if things don't click just right in his head. (We spent 45 minutes on the grass the other day trying to decide if he believed that the earth was round and turning in circles). I know he will be stunted in a "normal" school. I have spent many days worrying about him and still have not come up with a conclusion. I just want my child to be the best he can. I don't think I have a good enough education (or patience) to homeschool him, and I don't think I can afford a private school. So any suggestions on what I should do???