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the homework he brings home is like, "point to each of the letters in your name and say the letter," reading individual words like "is" and "my," and adding numbers up to 5.

If he already knows the homework, then don't do it, and as has been suggested, create your own assignments. I always adjusted the homework that DS got from school, and even worked with the teachers on that so we were all on sync.

I understand that it's difficult to differentiate work in the classroom for kindergartners; I was a teacher for 13 years and I don't expect miracles. But at least I would expect the homework done completely at home could be individualized.

You're kidding, right? You cannot possibly expect a teacher to do individualized homework plans for 15-20 students. If you want it individualized, I'd say that falls to you to do since you know him, especially as you were a teacher so you even have that experience on your side.

It's a fullday program, and that's a lot of my kid's time wasted; I wish there were a half-day alternative where he could get his socialization, then I could work with him an hour in the afternoon and get him farther than he is now. I made that suggestion at a district meeting, but with No Child Left Behind and high demand for fullday I know it'll never happen.

Is kindergarten required in your state? If not, then just keep him home and use a play group to get his socialization, particularly as it sounds like this is doable for you. As far as the suggestion of mixing homeschooling in as part of his education, you could just homeschool completely and then you'd be in control of the material and could tailor it to meet his needs and keep him challenged. I know there are a lot of folks on the boards who have had great success with homeschooling, so perhaps they could also help you.

But I can certainly see where a mix of homeschooling and public school would be difficult.
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