Who am I to HOMESCHOOL?

Denise - posted on 09/16/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Our son is in the 7th grade. He has ADHD/Tourettes/OCD and suffers from depression on and off. Socially, he gets an A! Academically, he's struggling to stay afloat. My husband and I were both brought up in PS and that's all our kids know (we also have a 14yr-old-daughter who has no medical concerns and functions beautifully in PS). For the first time, we are considering homeschooling our son. We've done the research and see how it could benefit him. However, I am completely intimidated by the process myself. Who am I to homeschool? I never even finished college! I'm approaching 50 years of age! Educated Teachers MUST know more than I do! RIGHT? What happens if we do this, and we reach a level that is far above my head? So many questions. My husband and I are praying over this, and asking God to make it clear to us what HE feels is best for HIS child. Meanwhile, I'm continuing my research (just in case this goes through). Thoughts/advice welcome ...

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Mary - posted on 09/17/2016

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Hi Denise,
I want you to know you CAN home school your child. There are so many great resources out there. If this is what God is calling you to, then He WILL provide and meet all your needs in Christ Jesus. I have been homeschooling our littles for 5 years now. I was scared at first too, but God has helped with every step. I would start by googling HSLDA- they have all the info for each state as well as info on educating special education children. We live in WA and there are so many great helps and resources for home school. God has made you your child's mom and He can help you teach him. No one knows him better than you! You can do this! God bless you
Mary

Denise - posted on 09/16/2016

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Yes. He does get appropriate services. Actually our PS has been great! However, our son is falling further and further behind because, even with all the tools the school can provide, he can not seem to focus at all. The poor kid has pretty much given up by the end of the day - and forget homework. He's so frustrated with himself that he gives up on himself. I basically have to reteach anything he needs for homework all over again at night to get him through homework.

Dove - posted on 09/16/2016

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If he is in public school they are required to provide him the resources he needs to succeed to his potential. With his diagnoses I'm surprised he is doing well socially (pleased for him.. just surprised).

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2016

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Does your son get appropriate services to support him in public school? Does he have a IEP? If not, why not? If yes, what is not working?

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