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And so the school days continue…

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Getting D back to school just hasn’t been able to happen. My poor baby just has entirely too much anxiety built up with regards to school and what his peers will say when he goes back after being out. He wanted to, he had his things picked out to take to school, new clothes to wear, and his air of excitement. Really, he wanted to go back to school after Christmas break. 
Unfortunately, when we woke him up on January 2nd, all of his fears came rushing back to haunt him. “What will I say when they ask why I was out? I can’t say I was sick, they’ll want to know what was wrong. I won’t know the routine anymore. No one will help me when I ask what to do next. I don’t have my books, the homebound teacher has them.” and so on and so forth. 
After much (and by much, I mean months and months) of deliberation and prayer, Chad and I have decided that the only right thing to do is to homeschool him. He is capable of so much more and really needs the routine and structure of actual school. However, he is not getting it with sporadic homebound services, it is up to us to step up to the plate to do what he needs. We cannot depend on the school system, though legally bound, to have D’s best interests in mind. Therefore, we have made the official decision to homeschool him. 
I have bought a beautiful homeschool planner, a couple of books to supplement my materials from when I was teaching, almost completely filled out the application for a homeschool association, and have my plans for how to proceed ready to go.

D and I were watching Chopped last night and the ladies were call school cafeteria workers. He asked, “Are any of them from my school?” I said, “No, if they were from your school it would be me.” He said, totally confused, “How could it be you? You’re not a lunch lady.” My reply, “Sure I am. I’m now your breakfast, lunch, and dinner lady. I’m your teacher, your PE teacher, Art teacher, Music Teacher, Librarian, and your principal. Oh yeah, and I’m still your Mommy.” He kind of looked at me funny and said, “I meant from my school that I used to go to.” Haha!
Monday marks the first day of our new leg of the journey. Every day will be something new and exciting, I’m sure. We will start with some pretesting type things to see what exactly he has learned and grasped this year, and then we will move forward. We will work through the core curriculum of Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Spelling. We will do a lot of learning across the curriculum and I hope to enhance all of this with some Bible teachings as well. I honestly do not spend as much time teaching my children about God’s word, so I hope to be able to do that.
All in all, I’m sure it will be up and down, round and round…life always is, isn’t it? 

6 thoughts on “And so the school days continue…

  1. You will do a wonderful job! You know what your child's needs are and are going to address that. If you have any questions, I am here to help you! 🙂

  2. I agree with Joy…you will do a wonderful job! No one knows their child better than a parent…or no one should. We began homeschooling our daughter first…and for that very reason…(well, it was on the top ten list) and like Joy…if I can do anything to help you…PLEASE know I am here…there are tons of homeschool Moms…who love helping others…never hesitate to ask…we've all been there!

  3. You will do wonderful! I agree with Joy and Rebecca. this is our first year and he has taught me about as much if not more than I have taught him. Prayers are coming your way and encouragement as well! You can do this!

    Jen

  4. Thank you all so much for the support and encouragement! I am finding it very difficult to get him to sit down and do what I would consider true "school", but I know that's the great thing about doing this. We can do it our way. Praise the Lord!

  5. You are so brave doing this. At times I think HS would be the answer for us, but haven't been able to pull the trigger. Mostly b/c I fear things wouldn't get better and I'd have to go crawling back to the district…sigh. I hope it works out for you guys!

  6. Good luck. Is there a possibility of sending him back to his former school in September? It would be nice for him to be with his peers and be able to relate to you just as his mom and not his teacher, lunch lady, PE instructor, art and music instructor, field trip coordinator, etc.
    Kids (and adults) are very self-involved and I doubt they'd care much one way or the other where your son had been. To him it's huge but to them it's no biggie as long as he's matter of fact about going to "boarding school"for awhile.

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