My oldest son is in the fourth grade and after much thought and prayer we have decided that we are going to finish his fourth grade year at home instead of the public school that he has been attending since pre-school.
The choice for us to do this had many factors including several learning challenges like ADD, Aspergers, and Dysgraphia. Another factor had to do with bullies and his struggle to keep up with the pace of the classroom. Watching him come home day after day frustrated and feeling upset was heartbreaking for me as a mom. Being told by school professionals that your child has to fail more to get more help… was infuriating as a parent.
I refused to wait for him to fail – I knew that I had to be proactive to protect him and preserve his self esteem. I heard someone say once that the best way to cure frustration and low self esteem is success. It is my sincere hope that by bringing him home and tailoring a learning program just for him that he will get just that. I pray that by allowing him to learn at his pace and in an environment that is less stressful that he will begin to really blossom academically and creatively.
Ironically, I was an Elementary Education major in college but changed my major after realizing that I did not want to be in the classroom all the time. I often felt like I had wasted so much time studying the wrong path — but now I see that God knew I would need those skills down the road. I have been grateful for this training as I have spent much of my Christmas break putting together lesson plans and getting organized.
I am a little nervous about this HUGE change to our schedule and how it will go. However, I have been thrilled to see my son excited to start learning again and have been impressed by all of the great online resources that I have found for us to use as we strive to get the swing of homeschooling.
I would LOVE your help too! I would love to hear from those of you who have great home school tips, tricks, and resources to share with me and my family as we start our new journey. If you have something to share with me please leave a comment to help us get started on the right foot!