Back to Home School

Today we received the surprising news that our second grader children were doing better both academically and socially when we were homeschooling them, rather than them being in their current school.  It’s a long story, and we will write about it more later in detail.  But suffice it to say, the homeschool chart has been adapted and reprinted!

It also means I spent my 11pm break filling out three copies of the withdrawal form.

It also means several other things, but we will process one piece at a time, I think!

We are, as you can imagine, immensely grieved in some ways, and relieved in others.  We love some of the teachers there, but Mary is doing “baby work” and super frustrated about it, and Kirk hasn’t even had a classroom or the same teacher yet, and Alex is in a hooligan class where the other kids throw actual on the floor baby fits – which isn’t helpful for autism in about eight hundred ways.

Today we were warned it would be best to pull our children out, not because they are bad, but because our homeschool was better for them.

Based on other promptings we will share when it is time, we felt this to be confirmation of our experience and sadly pulled them from the school.

At the very least, all five of us know we have tried our best in every way and put in every effort we could, but home school is the thing for us during this season.

We do love homeschooling, and the time together is very good for us, but we had high hopes for the school and sign language program and many other pieces that we love about being here.

The preschoolers are staying where they are for school, as they are all getting the therapy and social-ness they needed.

We will return the second graders to their homeschool group and reconnect with those friends.

And get to work!

And feed them!

And soak in every moment together, because it is all flying by so fast!

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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