Our lives seem to be forever changing. Homeschooling Short Stuff, our deaf daughter, has always been a roller coaster. Mostly because of her other learning disabilities, not her deafness. We did experience two years at the state deaf school and that last year was such a battle with her. But after a lot of discussing, praying, and researching options, we have decided to enroll her back into the public school system.
Oh, we didn't give up on her at home! She just has some demanding needs that we just haven't been able to meet and it has interfered with the other children's education. With the move into town, we are now closer and services are much more accessible too.
At this point we don't know what services the school will provide. We are taking this one little step at a time. So Thursday she will go and tour the campus and soon we will meet with the IEP team to see what is the best fit for Short Stuff. This is the first time we had several viable options. We have always lived in small school districts, that had two choices. And one wasn't a viable one for her. But there are advantages to small school districts too.
I want to assure all my readers that this website will continue and I will still add new content here. I still homeschool two other special needs kids and have (almost) three littles. Plus I will be doing learning helps with Short Stuff in the afternoons as she needs more help.
I'm actually kind of excited that I get to "help" teach instead of being the main teacher. I won't be frustrated with her by the end of the day and when she comes home from school, I will take her aside and talk about her day. We have already made a family plan, that the hour after she gets home is her hour with Mom.
Making these decisions are never easy. So please join me in prayer as we embark on a new journey.
It's the third week into school and everyone is getting the hang of it. We have good days and bad days, but we just start each day anew!
So far we have studied the sun, reptiles, Pilgrim's Progress, embroidery, Creation, hummingbirds and trains, sprinkled with math and language arts.
We even fit a camping trip in there (which is where we spotted the hummingbirds!) I would have to say school is off to a fantastic start. As we get used to our schedules and routines, I am sure our good days will out weigh the bad ones.
I have avoided "blogging" because I don't always have time to post regularly. But as I have been adding new information to my website I thought this would be an easy way to notify my readers when new content was added. So as this won't be a regular posting environment, it will be a way for me to communicate with you!
I want this website to be a great resource of information and experience. I don't know it all (not even close) but I love sharing what I have learned. I started this page a long time ago when I discovered there wasn't much information out there available for homeschooling a deaf child. But as the years have gone by (and there is still limited information available) I realized that a lot of what I share has to do with all kinds of special kids. I also have two others with learning difficulties and I use a lot of this with them too. So . . . I changed my focus a little. So while I say special kids instead of just deaf kids all my reviews will mention the deaf learner.
Looking forward to sharing with you!