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We began our homeschooling journey in January of 2015. It was an idea that I had been researching but it happened out of necessity. One of my sons has Down’s Syndrome and ADHD and had been transitioned to middle school, he did not transition well and was having all kinds of issues. After many discussions with his doctors we made the decision to pull him out of public school. Within a couple of weeks we saw major improvements all around.
After a couple of months he was able to be taken off of all medications that he had been on to manage his behavior. Our road has been bumpy and we have had our share of struggles but overall he is a much happier child. This makes for a much happier family all around.
After seeing the results with him I made the decision to pull my younger girls out after they finished out their school year. Well, one of my girls has ADHD and ODD and she began to have major issues towards the end of the school year. Then little sister began to stress out over testing so Momma made the decision to pull them out sooner rather than later. In retrospect I don’t know why I hesitated to pull them out.
Then big sister decided she wanted to stay home too. Wow, I had my hands full! I went from homeschooling one child to homeschooling six in a few weeks. Thanks to my friend Google and some wonderful support groups on Facebook I was able to navigate through everything and we are at a place where we are fairly comfortable and confident in what we are doing.
I will say that we have had lots of praying before and after I made the decision to homeschool and I have questioned whether I was doing the right thing. I pray over our schooling and continuously ask God for guidance. This is not something I take lightly and I need his strength and wisdom to help me with this.
I know that homeschooling is not for everyone but it works for us. I also know that not everyone will have ‘success’ stories like ours but remember that everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. Don’t worry about doing everything on Pinterest or even everything that your neighbor is doing. Take it slow and remember to breathe!
Enjoy everyday and thank God for allowing you the chance to be such an influence over your children and for being able to spend so much time with them. Look on Facebook for support groups around you.
Back to School! (A look at a day back after holiday break.)
Check out our Holidays page for resources, crafts, and activities to incorporate into your lesson. I will keep updating this as the year(s) progress.
I also post and share ideas on our Kirby’s Kids Facebook page.