6 Month School Update
It has been a bit over but here is our 6 Month School Update. As you may or may not know, I am a former homeschooler. I homeschooled my children for about 20 years. Successfully, I have graduated with 4 children. For my younger 3 kids, I decided to try public school.
Myriad of Reasons
I love homeschooling, for the most part. It has been a bit harder because I do have 4 special needs children, so it was also not the easiest. Our decision to put them in school was a quick and swift decision.
I knew when I was done, I would be done. Honestly, I was just overdone. My exhaustion level had reached an all-time high. When you have a child who is medically fragile, life changes. Our traveling had hit another level and I wasn’t doing anyone any justice by being 1/2 in. Their education is far too important for me to let it slide by.
Ben and Bug
They are well. Almost ready to celebrate 2 years of marriage. They are both working hard and learning so much. Bug is moving through some things and she has made some brave decisions. I’m incredibly proud of her.
She just started the first day of her last semester of college. **Cue the angels singing.** I have no idea why it seems she has been in college for 549 years, but it sure has. She has done well. There is that excitement mixed in with the “oh crap” mixed in with the thrill of fixing to truly start her “adult” life! She is also working and loving her dog. I’m incredibly proud of her.
Thankfully, she has finished high school. Good gracious that was a chore for both of us. She was about 6 mths late in doing so, but she worked 7 days a week to get finished. A good friend hired her to work and that is going well. She has MASTERED getting ANY types of stains out of clothes and she is really good with kids. There is still a lot to figure out, but we are taking one step at a time. I’m incredibly proud of her.
He has started the last semester of his freshman year of college. That seems unreal to me. He is working part-time and helping out at home. Still, though, uncertain about his major, we have ruled things out and then put things up closer to the front. He will figure it out. There is a little female that he has been spending time with…I just can’t talk about that right now. I’m incredibly proud of him.
For a kid with SEVERE dyslexia and FASD…he is rocking school! He has had great grades and is learning to navigate life. There have been some social issues that we have had to work through. Mostly learning who is safe and who isn’t. How to work around bullies. Oh, and have there been bullies. Bullies are not limited to children, ya know. Adults bully too and we have certainly dealt with that. I am not well-liked, at the school, by some people but I really do not care. I’m incredibly proud of him.
He has excelled, as well. Academically and with sports. He is so much fun to watch when he is playing ball. We have, again, dealt with bullies. Also, sadly, lots and lots of racism. Racism now is more underhanded and calculating. Methodical and intentional. There isn’t the outward act of separating out things just the subtle undertone. It has been so sad to see and to deal with. Again, I’m not well-liked by many. I really do not care though. I’m incredibly proud of him.
He has made great strides in school and in his therapies. For a little guy, he is in a different therapy 5 days a week. He has OT, PT, SLP, Vision, and Horse therapy (the best one of them all)! One major accomplishment is he has learned to spell and write his name. The thrill is unlike anything I’ve ever had! Our hardest thing has been treatment monthly, steroids monthly, and keeping him well. He has had 2 flare-ups since starting school. One attacked his hands and legs. The other attacked his hands and his speech. I’m incredibly proud of him!