Yes, to all of the above!!!
We have a very “well-rounded” household.
We have Big T in home school, little t in public school, and Little Miss M starting Mother’s Day Out.
Each child has different needs, as do I.
Big T is 2 days into homeschooling. I guess I can say we are officially a homeschooling family. This has been a dream of my heart for some time. I am so thankful to be here. Finally. Day one was a bit of a cultural shock for both of us. We will be both need to learn patience and acceptance for one another. One thing that bothered me from the minute we started: I have no idea what this kid even knows. :/ Do you know what your kid knows? Please say no so that I don’t feel so out of touch. I realized that our first couple of weeks would be getting to know where he actually was. This made me even more against the testing and new school requirements. He can limp his way through school and even “pass the test”, but is VERY behind in Math. We started with addition and subtraction today. Is some of this my fault? Of course it is! That is why I am taking on the task of playing catch up. I was too trusting of the system and didn’t do my part as fully as I should have. I was at every party and he had all the “right stuff” but I didn’t diligently follow his educational process the way I should have. The report card is not enough. Shame on me! But, thankfully, we get to start over and give this all we have to prepare him for success in life. Day two was the experience every new homeschooling mom dreams of. Baby playing on her own, me and Big T reading the bible together, learning new spelling lessons, discovering Egypt through maps and books about mummies and pyramids. Wonderful Day!! I will need to remember this day for the bad ones will come when we both but heads.
Little t is enjoying his friends at school. I would home school him as well, but I still have to work a part-time job that isn’t really part-time at all and my hours are never set. So, it works better for me to be able to dedicate some specific hours to this job. The school he attends is very sweet and small and only two blocks away. He will attend there through 4th grade and then begin home school as well. He has his BFF in his class so the world is a good place for him right now. Schedules work very well with him and learning how to live with Asperger’s Syndrome. Our goal is for him to be a fully functioning person in society.
Little Miss M will be attending a Mother’s Day Out program to give me time for my schooling as well. I will be starting the road to get another Master’s degree in two weeks and with my crazy schedule, this will allow her to have play time and me some study time.
All families are different. All children are different. I applaud parents who struggle to find the best for their child, even if it’s not mainstream. Here’s to a new year of school and here’s to your success as a parent/teacher/taxi driver/etc/etc!!