Thanks, you guys! :-)
I'm a 35 year old SAHM. My two daughters, M is 7 and J is 8. J is autistic, but high functioning. When the birth to three program transferred her in to the school district for specialized pre-school, we ended up staying with public school. However, as she became more and more different from her peers and her processing difficulties made it hard for her to read and write or concentrate and she was unable to interact socially the same way as the other kids, she became so stressed out that we felt it was best to pull her from school. We left in the middle of second grade, last year. Her sister also has some "special" issues, and also became jealous of the time her sister got with me (although she really loved public school), so I pulled her at the end of the year. I really felt it was good for both of them. I had wanted to home school even when they were little, but I was completely overwhelmed by their special needs at the time.
Now, we're doing a "home school" program through the school district in a nearby city. They pay for our materials, keep records of progress and do beginning and end of year testing. They also give us access to teachers if we find a sticky spot and provide extra curricular classes to go to.. so, its working out, but I'm stressed and exhausted. With the special needs of each child, its really hard to figure out what they need educationally, but we're bumping along and I'm committed to getting through this.
In addition to our other stuff, J has a problem with high cholesterol and severe obesity. We've got her down back into children's clothes over the summer, but last year she was in women's clothes. Getting us healthy is one of the big things I need to work on.
We are all worms, but I believe that I am a glow worm. - Winston Churchill
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