Once upon a time, there was a little boy who walked to the beat of his own inner drummer. The little boy had an autism spectrum disorder called Asperger’s. Sadly the local public school could not hear or just refused to help him on his walk through life. Life at a traditional brick and mortar school became a daily struggle and disappointment for both the little boy and his parents. By the end of last year it was a struggle to keep him motivated, productive and safe at traditional school, and so it was time for a change.
Fast forward to the beginning of this school year….. While my hubby was nervous with traditional homeschooling, he did agree to an online program where I took the lead. Was I nervous? Yes! My whole “class” new how to push my buttons. I knew how my student’s behavior could escalate. What *if* I bit off more then I could handle!?! What if I failed him like the brick and mortar school!?!
From the first day, I am not going to lie, there have been stressful, trying moments. Some days we get done just fine, others it is like a never ending “could you please focus” so we can finish loop. I am so not MacGyver and some of these science lessons…. well, umm, wow! Yes, we did build a humidity tester out of household items (and it took almost 2 hours!) And while I am exhausted, I see him learning! I can also see his love for learning returning. He is finding his self esteem and confidence again. These were all things the brick and mortar school had stripped from him.
|Humidity tester for science class|
It makes me smile to see that he is growing in just a short time. But to be honest with you all, life has been disrupted. There is so much schooling to do with him on top of the regular chores of critter and home care. Not to mention his little brother who just wants to cuddle with mommy and watch Mickey Mouse. The rhythm of life is off. The dog is staring at me wondering where breakfast is. The chickens give me an earful when I am late letting them out of the coop. There are nights when I don’t get to bed till midnight trying to get everything done. There are dirty dishes in my sink and my god, do my floors need to be vacuumed!
That being said, I am positive we made the right choice to homeschool him. I am sure with a little more time under our belts, we will get a new flow going. And maybe, just maybe I will be able to accomplish all of my daily “to dos” before 10pm. A girl can dream, right? But for now, our lives are in a jumble trying to fit everything in. Homeschooling of any nature, if done right, is not for the weak. It is a commitment to your child that has great responsibility but also amazing rewards. Here is to a new way of life and the many rewards to come!
|The board of learning is beginning to fill!!|