Homeschooling anyone??

Posted on: Tue, 07/25/2006 - 9:18pm
nicolimom's picture
Joined: 02/04/2004 - 09:00

I know this question has been asked before, but since September is fast approaching, it is weighing heavily on my mind again ! [img][/img]

Are there any homeschoolers here right now? Do you homeschool in part due to the peanut allergy? If you are homeschooling a special needs/special ed. child, do you recieve special services from the public school (like speech therapy, etc) .

As far as my own personal situation, I am about to embark on my 3rd year homeschooling my 8 yr old son, who has severe PA, and is very contact-sensitive. Regrettably , due to his other health issues, he does not really seem to understand he has an allergy at all. Very nerve racking. On the plus side, he is finally tolerating wearing a medic-alert bracelet. yippee!


Posted on: Tue, 07/25/2006 - 11:03pm
nonutsplease730's picture
Joined: 04/08/2006 - 09:00

I have a 3 year old son with a PA. I am going to home school him when the time comes and I would love to hear from others that are homeschooling too. Glad you posted this topic! [img][/img] Have you had a good homeschooling experience so far?

Posted on: Tue, 07/25/2006 - 11:30pm
Marizona's picture
Joined: 01/16/2002 - 09:00

I did it for a short time, but stopped because I felt it was not fair to my son (severe pa and egg allergy). He felt like he was being punished for his food allergies by not being allowed to go to a regular school like the other kids in our neighborhood. I realized that there were things he might have to miss out on due to his pa, so why make him miss school when it wasn`t necessary. After all, the laws requiring the school to accomodate pa kids are there to protect the kids. He became much happier after I allowed him to go to school with his friends from the neighborhood.

Posted on: Tue, 07/25/2006 - 11:52pm
KS mom's picture
Joined: 03/02/2006 - 09:00

My PA dd is 11 years old and I have been homeschooling her and my 6yo ds since November of last year. We are having such a positive experience that I am sorry I didn't begin sooner. In some aspects, we are still figuring out what works for us but for the most part we are falling into a great routine.
Our decision had a lot to do with PA and asthma but we are finding that the benefits reach far beyond our reduction in stress due to health issues.
I know that it doesn't work for everyone but in our situation it is working very well. My daughter thanks me every day for homeschooling so it makes the sacrifice soooo worth it knowing my child is appreciative of my efforts.
Regarding help from the school district....we receive nothing, zippo! It can get pricey but for us, it is well worth every penny!
BTW, We are in Canada.
[This message has been edited by KS mom (edited July 26, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 2:39am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We have never had DD (entering 4th grade) in "school" until we discovered cyberschooling last year.
I [i]LOVE[/i] homeschooling for its positives:
- no negative peer pressure
- totally safe environment (which is adjustable for day-to-day sensitivity... important if you have environmentals, etc.)
- pacing is as flexible as you need it to be
- adapts to optimal learning style and you can spend as much or as little time on various subjects as you need.
- adapts to YOUR style too-- you can teach your child to work independently or directly with you, or both.
- Maybe the biggest plus of all with FA children is the ability to take your vacations [i]when YOU want[/i] which as we all know tends to be in the off season. Why, you ask, is it called that? (Because most children are [i]in school then.[/i] ) Less crowded means less dangerous, right?
- if you aren't organized by nature, this can easily consume you/overwhelm you.
- if you are naturally OCD by nature (hmmmm.. who do I know like [i]that[/i]...) this can easily consume you.
- your house may well look like a tornado hit it. All the time.
- If your state doesn't agree with your homeschooling style, you may have trouble with the local SD
- Special needs/LD kids may not get the interventions they would in schools. (OTOH, they [i]do[/i] get much needed individual instruction. )
- There is no tax break, and good quality materials are very expensive if your library doesn't prove to be a good resource. (But often it will.)
While we certainly began homeschooling because of the food allergies (MFA, several anaphylactic including egg) I can honestly say that I don't regret it for a SECOND. If her food allergies went away tomorrow, I might [i]consider[/i] letting her [i]choose[/i] whether she would like to attend a B+M school. But I'll bet she wouldn't really want to. She would never have been allowed by a B+M to skip two grades and work on independent projects the way she does now.
With all of that said, we initially [i]thought[/i] that we would HS until DD was in about 4th grade, since we felt she would be old enough and assertive enough to overrule any foolish adults around her at that point... but our reasoning has changed.
Homeschooling really isn't "stress-free" by any means. It just trades FA stress for different stresses...
There are days when I wish that wolves would come through the door and [i]eat us both.[/i] LOL! There are even days when I think I could probably turn into the wolf. [img][/img]
But I also know in my heart that this is the ONLY right choice. For us. [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 2:56am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

To answer your other question (about SpEd and HS) your home school district is required under IDEA to provide for services if needed.
BUT. (Always a catch, right?)
You will definitely have to jump through somebody's hoops and play the SD's shell game if you plan to seek support from them. In ways that you might well be free from otherwise.
There are many websites devoted to special needs HSing. Lots of support there. [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 4:48am
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by nicolimom:
[b]Are there any homeschoolers here right now?
Yes [img][/img]
Do you homeschool in part due to the peanut allergy? My oldest is five & has nka. There are lots of other great reasons to homeschol IMHO. (see above)

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 5:56am
attlun's picture
Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

We homeschool, for several of the reasons mentioned above. I love it, and the kids love it.

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 6:42am
dk's picture
Joined: 07/03/2005 - 09:00

We have always homeschooled. The two oldest have only environmental allergies, so no that is not the reason we started homeschooling. My pa/tna daughter will be four soon, and is actually going to a church preschool this fall for a few hours a week to help me get started with her (I also have a two year old tasmanian devil and a five month old!)Three of mine are also on the autistic spectrum and the pa/tna daughter has severe sensory issues and sleep problems.
I agree with all the positives and negatives stated above. Because mine are not inclined to be overly interested in social situations, none of us feel like they are missing anything. We have various group activities that we participate in, and that is where their friends have often come from. In fact, my eleven year old (oldest) was invited with a group to go to Europe for two weeks in June. The other 42 kids all are in public school, and they tried to convince him that school was great. He told them they were nuts because he doesn't have to work nearly as long as they are in school in order to complete the same level of work. In fact he found that he was ahead of most of the kids scholastically. (Believe me, it is not my doing!!)
As far as services go, there is a problem with the way most people see this. Yes, we have received speech therapy for the kids from the schools and had no problem whatsoever. I have known moms that take their kids in every year to have them tested and again no problem. That will depend on the district you are in and the personality of the people you work with. All that said, the schools don't really provide as much as most people think. I know of too many people that have not received the services that their spectrum kids really need. Even on this site you will read about some people that have to fight day in and day out to receive the services they are intitled to by law. For my daughter, they told me that she would receive speech and ot only in areas that she needed in order to help her in the classroom. They would not address any sensory or language problems that would not cause an issue with her learning in the classroom. Once again, that will change with the people you are dealing with in the district
How did you get your child to wear the bracelet? I have tried of and on for three years to get her to wear one. She understands that nuts make her sick, but I really want that bracelet on her soon!
Good luck with your decision.

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 6:51am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I have a feeling our SD would rather not have my ds in school, so I don't anticipate too many problems in homeschooling him.

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 12:33pm
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

We've homeschool from the beginning too. The kids LOVE it and just don't understand why anyone would want to attend school anyway! Homeschooling is a bad name for what we do, because we're never home! We have so many activities outside of the house, the kids would miss so much if they were in school. We manage to do all the 'schoolish' stuff in two mornings a week (grade 1 and grade 4). The rest of the time, we're OUT THERE!
We go to museums, and to scientific presentations. I have started taking my 4th grader to adult conferences, because he's reached that level in entomology (non specialised conferences, that is). The kids have started competitive swimming, competitive highland dancing. My son started to ride a horse, he's starting his 5th year of violin. They take specialised art classes.
The kids know their city inside out by now.


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