Has anyone decided to homeschool?

Posted on: Thu, 06/01/2006 - 2:22am
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My youngest (21 months) has PA, I have four older children in school. The elementary school where I have two children has been good about making sure the kids wash before coming home, don't bring home inappropriate food, etc, but I'm really concerned about sending my PA child there. We live in a very rural area and the school is really small, which may be to my advantage. There is just the usual ignorance that you get regarding PA "oh, my nephew has that, but it's not bad, he can eat PB"! There are always lots of parties at the school, they have snack in every classroom every day, etc. I just don't know if I can trust them. I'm sure all of you have dealt with this - what do you do? I've already told my DH that I may homeschool Brian for the first couple of years, until he can understand his allergy and monitor things himself.

Posted on: Thu, 06/01/2006 - 2:50am
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The short answer to your question is "yes" this is not an uncommon reason to start homeschooling.
Somewhere I recently read that while about 3% of the general school population has an FA, this percentage is over 10% of the HS population. So that tells you something. I suspect that this break is even more extreme if you look at LTFA only. (I also read something once that suggested that one in ten severely PA children is at some point homeschooled. )
When you are dealing with milk or egg allergy which is anaphylactic and the child is contact/aerosol sensitive, there are few other viable options, unfortunately.
Anywa, you are not alone-- try searching for older threads about homeschooling. There are now other options as far as home-based instruction. Cyberschools, for example, and on-line homeschool programs. You have a lot of freedom in most states, but make sure that you do your homework regarding what your state's requirements are.
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Posted on: Thu, 06/01/2006 - 4:32am
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We believe there are many advantages to homeschooling. For us, one of those advantages includes being more directly in control of the issues that arise from having multiple food allergies.
Good Luck in your decision.
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Z 3/18/03 Peanut, Milk, Egg, etc.

Posted on: Thu, 06/01/2006 - 5:32am
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Thanks very much for your replies.
When I took my PA son to see the allergist he asked if my son attended daycare. I told him no and he said good, because it's almost impossible to guarantee their safety anywhere other than home. That statement really affected me. My DH is not too keen on homeschooling (I'd actually prefer to hs all of my children), but he's going to have to accept it with Brian I'm afraid.

Posted on: Thu, 06/01/2006 - 8:34am
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I totally understand your feelings. In fact I homeschooled my pa ds the last 5 months due to a move. But before you give up on the school, why don't you talk to the nurse about a 504? Do your homework 1st...sounds like you have plenty of time? You might be surprised. My ds is headed to public school and I talked to the mom who paved the way 5 years ago...they have done a great job accomodating her child...the teachers understand that they can't wear handcream, just as an example, which blows me away because no matter how much I try to educate people, most just never get it. Then again if you want to homeschool, go for it =) I prefer not to because my ds is difficult, I have 2 younger kids at home and he really needs the socialization that I've been unable to provide. You're right, it's not quite as safe as home, but i'd say it's 99% as safe. Each family has to do what's best for them and their child...and I personally think mommy gets an extra vote =P
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Posted on: Thu, 06/01/2006 - 10:45am
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Yes... hands down, best decision we've ever made.

Posted on: Thu, 06/01/2006 - 12:44pm
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We are homeschooling our 4 yo dd and 5 yo ds, between them they have multiple allergies. Ds tried school for one month last year and they almost killed him, daily disregard for precautions (handwashing etc...) then a card table full of smashed tree nuts. I do not believe for one second that they "forgot" or didn't know, they acknowledged in writing what needed to be done, as well, I assume they can read. After the nut table the principal said, "Well, I don't believe he's that sensitive." I knew then and there they would not keep him safe. Although dd could probably go to school safely, I have an issue sending my kids to people that are IMO as dangerous as any pedophile or murderer.
So we will homeschool, it's fun, and I watched a few of my son's classes while in school, honestly they get so much more out of homeschooling. In the class I watched, most of the time involved getting all the kids doing the same thing, 20 kids from here to there, then stuck with an activity that either bored them because they knew it, or they were fascinated, but with 20 kids, there wasn't enough time for them to explore the concept fully. I was not impressed at all with public education, I hated sitting there as a parent as much as I did as a student.

Posted on: Thu, 06/01/2006 - 10:52pm
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"Well, I don't believe he's that sensitive."
Wow! I can't believe he said that to you! People are just unbelievable. I saw a TV report on a family who had several children that they homeschooled because the kids were all very advanced in music (I believe they all played the piano). Anyway, the parents said they sat down and figured out what goes on during a public school day and the time it took - they figured that the kids actually only spent about 3 hours a day learning. The rest of the time was spent settling kids down, lunch, snacks, ect. I'm sure we'd all be shocked to know how little learning actually went on during school.

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2006 - 12:54am
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Not a he a SHE, mother and grandmother no less.

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2006 - 1:02am
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Not a he a SHE, mother and grandmother no less.
Double WOW! Isn't it amazing how some people can make such assumptions about YOUR child?! I have no relationship with my MIL, but my DH was recently at her home due to a funeral and they were discussing our PA son. Do you know that this woman, who herself is allergic to loads of things (not sure if any are foods), is an RN with multiple other degrees, suggested that I caused our son's PA because I ate pb while pregnant and nursing! I am so very glad I wasn't there to hear it, I think I would have throttled her.

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2006 - 2:46am
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We also decided to homeschool because of our son's food allergies. He will be 6 this november, so he would not have even been in kindergarden yet, but we really decided a long time ago. My husband and I are not comfortable sending our son to school when there are just too many variables out of our (or the school's) control. We may reconsider sending him when he is able to fully understand and control for himself what needs to be done with his allergies. But for now, we love homeschooling. Both of my boys are learning and having fun at home where they belong.
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who is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, & shellfish.
and michael 6-16-03
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isaiah 06-18-96
rebekah 09-13-97

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