Right now I’m feeling an emotion somewhere between facing eternal summer and year round school. We have decided to homeschool Sam. So every morning I will have a child at home = eternal summer. And every morning I am now a teacher for a class of one = year round school.
I’m excited, nervous, scared, unprepared, happy, expectant, apprehensive, and grateful. I’m a total basket case of mixed emotions.
Sam has Common Variable Immunodeficiency. That means he is sick a lot, tired always, and absent from school too much. The school has been working with me to brainstorm a solution. When he is tired he needs to sleep. When he sleeps he stays home from school. Staying home from school means absences and missed assignments. Missed assignments bring stress and stress lowers his immune system. All of this means Sam gets sick more often. This messy spiral reminds me of the poem “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The Falcon cannot hear the faconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The best solution was to pull Sam from school and homeschool him. It stops the spiral and allows him the rest he needs without the anxiety of missing school.
I’ve been to the library to check out all the books on homeschooling.
I’ve searched websites on homeschooling children with special needs.
And the school has offered to help me if we get stuck or do not know the directions we should take.
I feel hopeful. I know that Sam and I can figure this out.
I would love help, ideas and blog sites! Homeschooling special needs children is a bit different from typical kids. Please give me any suggestions you have.
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