Transitioning care and Homeschooling

My daughter will no longer qualify for the occupational therapy services she is currently receiving in about 6 months or less. I am not certain if this is because she is turning 3 and she would have to qualify for services through our school district, but they seem to be hinting at that. Anyways, the services she receives are MOSTLY free. OT is free, the SLP is free, she has a dietitian for free, and she gets music therapy for free. If I have to visit an outside office, we pay for those visits, but so far their services have been amazing, and I know the costs of OT can add up. My son was in OT for a few years, he still needs it but currently no places have openings and COVID… is a thing.

Anyways my daughter will be “transitioning” out of their care sometime in the next few months. We had a meeting online today and I met my daughter’s SLP, they are going to evaluate how she has been talking, she likes to stick out her tongue when saying any words with C, S, T, CH, in it and I personally had issues with a lisp as a child, I know how difficult it can be at school getting teased, so I want to see if there is anything I can do to help for now.

We have decided to try some OTHER therapies for her tippy toe issue. My husband feels it is overkill to get the orthotics at this point, and our insurance doesn’t cover much. So we will try something else and see if that helps FIRST. The orthotics will be an option IF things do not work out. And at least we know how much they cost next time. Sadly, I was really hoping to just get them and nip this in the bud, but I have to take my husband’s thoughts into consideration as well. Her OT understands and said we can try different shoes or other things to help at this time as well. She is increasing her visits for now to help out.

By the way, due to COVID, all of our visits are on TEAMS. Online…no in person visits. BUT …..

They want her to get Hippotherapy… which is … HORSE THERAPY! I actually hope our insurance helps cover this, bc I think it would be pretty therapeutic. I have not talked to my husband about this one BUT, I don’t see how seeing a horse and that type of therapy would be controversial. So I will only bring it up once I find out how much insurance covers, I am sort of holding back because we did argue about the foot things…. he says I over do it but honestly I just want to help her walk better. I would LOVE for my kids to be “NORMAL” and not have any issues. God I pray for that….

But here I am…BOTH of my kids have Sensory Processing Disorder…one has severe ADHD, the other has sensative ears and has delayed motor skills, but an advanced language set. I know my daughter talks VERY well for a 2 year old… I hear other people’s kids talk and I honestly cannot understand them, at all. But mine is saying sentences, with the correct pronouns an nouns…etc…My son didn’t even speak this well until he was a bit older.

Anyways, I would love for my kids to be able to go to normal schools and just be able to have a normal job.

I am going to admit something here — Don’t be mad if this is you

But…

I am so tired of hearing people complain about “having to homeschool” especially when they are SAHMs. I am not talking about the parents who work full time and CANNOT homeschool. I am talking about the ones who I know personally….like I KNOW these people, and they are complaining …. they keep saying junk like “My kid is not going to be socialized and they are going to be a weird homeschooler”. I find that OFFENSIVE. As a homeschooler…. I did not CHOOSE to homeschool, my son has differences that were not being treated fairly in public school… so I had to homeschool. STOP SAYING HOMESCHOOLERS ARE WEIRD.

Now me personally, yes I am weird…but I went to public school. I just have crippling social anxiety. BUT I was trying to get my kids socialized. I had my son in music classes, I had enrolled him in horse care, but COVID happened, he WAS in karate but he didn’t like it…. ugh. Homeschoolers have more time to join those activities your kids like, and they do CO-OPs. Honestly though I hate CO-OPs. I can’t find any with people that I feel connected with so far in my city.

But just stop saying homeschoolers are the worst. It just bugs me. Okay rant over, I just had to let that out. I get really annoyed by it.

Anyways, we are on week 4 of using Sonlight. I am going to be VERY honest here – I love the literature we received with this curriculum but …BUT…. I want a different science book. The science is LACKING. And I looked into this and MANY people say the same thing. So, I may find some extra stuff this year to add in, and next year I will just replace the science portion for my own. I need to find a science program that covers science the way it should be covered…. My son though, is enjoying it, which is good for this year since it’s been rough.

My son is really enjoying reading about Roman and Greek history this week, last week he learned about Egypt. He seems to be retaining the information from this curriculum much better and he is an independent reader. I usually make a list of the subjects he can do on his own for the most part, and then I leave the harder stuff for when my toddler is asleep and we go over THOSE subjects together while she is asleep. I am going to add some books to his reading list in a few weeks, he is a fast reader and tends to be a head in certain areas, so I am going to prepare some books I remember reading at his age, just so we aren’t left with a gap in the middle or end of the school year.

Well, I am going to rest. I am using my son’s computer since mine is still broken. Long story. Follow my tweets complaining about how things are… ugh. I am going to try to write more about the homeschooling aspect of life. Honestly things are going well this year. We are focusing on something fun… naming our homeschool because apparently “that’s a thing” and we are picking out a mascot..my son really wants it to be a dragon. So I am going to see if I can create a logo. I don’t have $$ to PAY for a logo, so please don’t offer to help unless you want to do it for free. I have had about 15 offers on twitter from people trying to sell me logos and I have not answered any of them because I don’t have the $$ to do that.

Don’t take offense people. I just don’t want to waste your time </3

I’m posting this from my phone because my computer is broken

Oh yes, the computer I got last December decided to not work… Isn’t that lovely!?

We have tried so many ways to get it to boot, we tried to get into bios. I’m waiting on tech support for iBUYPOWER. I have a warranty. The issue is just making sure my photos are safe of the kids.

It’s frustrating because this computer isn’t that old and it costs a lot. I don’t know what triggered it to stop working since it was working fine earlier last month. But here we are..

Hopefully iBUYPOWER will be good at fixing it. I just really don’t want to be out this computer. I got it as a gift and I’ve been using it for my photos and to game a little. It should be able to handle what I’VE done. I didn’t leave it on all the time…. I do the updates… I run virus searches…

Fingers crossed. Because this is delaying any photos or videos i do.

If you know what to do when you get stuck on the start up screen and nothing else will boot, let me know. I’ve tried all the f buttons and del and shift, etc.

Help!

Back to work…for now

Today marks the first day I have worked since sometime in April. If you don’t already know, I work PRN coding medical charts. But since COVID-19 caused clinics/hospitals to limit elective surgeries and stop some outpatient care, the facility I work for decided to save $$ by cutting its’ PRN hours back to nothing. That’s fine and dandy when you don’t NEED the money…

Thankfully my financial situation along with my husband’s employment is pretty stable. I don’t mind the income though… so when my boss finally emailed out to the PRNs that they had some hours approved and to email her our availability, I immediately offered up my normal hours (I honestly don’t work much every week). I am not going to add too many hours to my schedule since I homeschool my 12 year old (as you know), and I have a 2 1/2 year old toddler to take care of as well.

But I am thankful for a paycheck. I am hoping they will continue to allow PRN employees to work and that I don’t forget how to do my job.

Whats PRN? That means- AS NEEDED.

I pretty much just give my manager the hours I WANT to work – and she either approves them or tells me she doesn’t need me to work. Pre-COVID, I was hardly ever cancelled. But when COVID came around, I began receiving weekly “hours cancelled for the week of” emails… sad but at least I was not fired.

No I did not get unemployment. I don’t know if I would qualify with how few hours I actually work and my family did not “need” the extra income. Why take something that other people need? We aren’t greedy people.

But now I get to juggle a few more things… I am still making face masks, only a few days of the week though since homeschooling and my toddler take a up a lot of time. And I will work – along with all my other duties, such as cleaning and cooking for my family.

I feel for the parents who HAVE to work full time and are being tossed into homeschooling…that is hard… I tried …it was VERY hard for me. But I was able to adjust my income and how we did things. I was lucky. I am going to be posting more homeschool related items here on my blog though for anyone who is looking for resources. I know some of you all didn’t “choose” to homeschool, rather you were tossed in with everyone else. I hope you can find what you need – or maybe I can point you in the right direction.

Home-school Facebook groups : That I find helpful

If you are like me at all – when I started looking into homeschooling my son a year and a half ago I had no idea where to start, or even if homeschooling would work out for my child. Thankfully I found groups of people just like me online, via facebook. Here is a listing of the facebook groups that I have personally joined or find helpful that are homeschool related.

Just a reminder, some of these are secular and some are religious and some are just neutral grounds for general information. Do not join these groups if you intend to harass anyone, they do have admins that can kick you immediately. Going forward, I have had no issues with any of these groups myself personally. The links below are in no formal order.

  1. Sonlight Homeschool Moms (this is a christian based home-school group for users of the Sonlight Curriculum)
  2. New Mexico Secular Homeschoolers (regional)
  3. Albuquerque Homeschool Resource List (local to me)
  4. Secular, Eclectic, Academia (SEA) Homeschoolers
  5. Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum USED books Sell/ Swap/ Share
  6. Homeschooling the ADHD Child Support Group
  7. ABQ Inclusive Homeschool resource group
  8. Acell-us homeschooling and support group for parents and students (this is brand specific – Acellus)
  9. Special Needs Homeschoolers
  10. ADHD Homeschool Gamer Moms (Part of Homeschooling the ADHD Child)
  11. New Mexico Homeschool Group
  12. Sonlight Connections (christian based curriculum)
  13. Homeschooling with Apps
  14. Secular Homeschool Families
  15. Homeschooling Special Needs (Autism, ADHD, Sensory, Downs Syndrome, etc)
  16. Homeschool Family Freebies & Giveaways
  17. Homeschooling with Youtube
  18. Homeschool IEP. 504-4 Special needs, Autism, ADHD
  19. Homeschool – Acellus, Moby Max, Khan Academy…
  20. Homeschooling with Amazon Prime
  21. ABQ Homeschool BST
  22. Wild + Free Albuquerque Area- Homeschool Hike Group (I have not actually gone on a hike yet due to covid)
  23. Sonlight curriculum CHAT group, Learn / Share
  24. Homeschool with Netflix, Amazon Streaming, etc
  25. Special Needs Homeschool
  26. ABCMouse New Member Orientation (this is for the ABC Mouse Online Curriculum)
  27. Crossing Over to Homeschooling <– BY FAR MY FAVORITE GROUP FOR BASIC INFORMATION AND TO CONNECT TO OTHERS TRANSITIONING

Again, some of those may be regional to me, specifically the New Mexico and Albuquerque ones, but if they don’t have a state or city name in them, they are not regional. I have a bunch of ADHD groups since my son struggles with his ADHD and they are very helpful in that aspect and I suggest you look up groups that tailor to your style of parenting and learning. You will find a group of people you get along with, trust me on that.

What other kind of lists do you want from one homeschooling parent to another? What kind of stuff do you want to know?

10 days into the Sonlight curriculum

Starting a new curriculum can be a bit intimidating at first but once you realize how the programs work, the order in which they teach and you set up a schedule to follow for your kids (or free-style, what ever your preference be), then it gets a whole lot easier.

My son is in the 7th grade level of his education and we have been homeschooling for roughly a year and a half now. We went through quite a few curriculums the first half year just trying to find something that would work with us. My son has ADHD and various other behavioral issues that we needed to modify learning for him. He possibly has dysgraphia as well, which makes writing a difficult task, so much so, that the school he used to go to said he should just type on a computer instead.

Well this year he is writing paragraphs. They may not be neat but we have come a long way from, “he can only type.” We are working on specific items that my son struggles with, mostly writing and spelling. He is above his grade level at reading, but the dysgraphia hurts his writing skills.

We chose to switch to Sonlight a few months ago because he wanted to try a literature based curriculum. He is old enough to make some decisions about his education and he did a great job with telling me what he wanted. What he wanted was to read… yes you heard that right…less videos and more reading. This actually seems to be working well for us 10 days in so far… I am shocked that he really wanted to move away from the highly popular online education settings that a lot of homeschoolers use now a days.

We previously struggled with his attention span and just feeling like we were missing chunks of materials. Sonlight is a Christian curriculum, but there are others similar that are secular to choose from. I chose a Christian based curriculum because my son is a Christian and was interested in reading the bible. So far we are enjoying the books that were sent with Sonlight…which were a lot!

I am also impressed with the MathUSee books / videos. We are currently on Pre-Algebra for his 7th grade class, which has been easy to explain to him so far. The full curriculum we went with is HERE. It came with a really helpful science kit, so that when we are doing experiments from his science book most items are bought already instead of me having to run to the store every week. The language arts we a little bit lacking, so I also bought a book to help him with his writings and spelling. But that was also something that I could buy on the sonlight website.

The notebook for parents to follow along and give assignments was very helpful. I personally hate planning out the school year and this book tells me what to do on different days, which books to read, and gives me additional information to help me teach my son. My son’s favorite book is the 12,000 years of world history so far. You can find that book HERE.

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People ask me if homeschooling takes a long time… yes and no. It depends on your child, the day and the subject. Sometimes we dive in deeper to a subject. Sometimes we flow through and will be done in a few hours. Most days I spend 2-3 hours teaching. My son spends 3-4 hours doing work, and has breaks in between certain subjects. So we start between 8-9 am and take a few breaks, plus our lunch break… we get done by 2-3 pm. So with the hour and half of breaks, we usually get done around 4 hours.

We still follow the 180 days of school that is required by our state and if I have additional subjects I want my son to work on, I add them in. We decided to do spanish this year again, but we got a book on Amazon instead of using any curriculum online. So what curriculum does your child use and why? We all pick for different reasons. I have heard some amazing things about other curriculums, I wish I had the money to buy multiple ones to try them all out.

This is the Spanish book we are working on currently from Amazon.

Other curriculum I have found myself interested in are:

https://www.bookshark.com/

Https://gumroad.com/blossomandroot?fbclid=IwAR2ADZPB0YaU6n-EW9HFpxeMfnywVhZcQuUh8LHcCOIzNwdamKpvKjwCCuA

https://www.abeka.com/

https://www.aswewalkalongtheroad.com/2018/05/literature-based-homeschool-curricula.html

https://www.movingbeyondthepage.com/

You can also find a ton of free resources by joining facebook groups such as “crossing over to homeschooling” , I have found such support in those groups when I first started my journey with my son. I am going to provide a list soon of all the facebook groups that I find helpful, there are so many resources out there. Keep your eyes open for my next post. I have to get the toddler up! But things are going well with this new curriculum and I am very happy with it!

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