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A line from one of my favorite TV series is, "I get my best ideas in the shower!" Guess what, it is true. Not so much the idea but I realized something while I was in the shower. My son is going to be 10 years old and should be going into 5th grade, well 4th grade, he started K at the age of 6. My son will be going into 3rd grade this coming school year, he was held back in first grade. That realization made me feel like I failed him.
My son is behind in his learning obviously. He has trouble reading and doing math. He is currently enrolled in an e-school that has him on an IEP. They want to move him to third grade, probably because of his age, but he is not ready for third grade. He is not even at a second grade reading level and he still struggles with basic math. My solution, traditionally homeschool him starting this coming school year. This way I can see what gaps we need to fill.
In the shower I figured that since he started school at 6 years old that he should be 12 years old going into 6th grade. But, because he was held back in first grade he won't be starting 6th grade till he is 13 and he will graduate high school at 19. Does that make sense? I mean just looking at that makes me feel like my world just ended. As parents we want our kids to succeed, be on track and when things don't go that way, we want to trade places with them.
So I can't trade places so, I need to do everything I can to get him where he is supposed to be. My goal is to traditionally homeschool him until the age 13, when he is suppose to start 6th grade and enroll him back into the e-school, (my husband wants him to have a "real" diploma, yes I have told him that parents can issue diplomas, but he is not hearing it, Men...lol). Saying it is easier than actually doing it.
My doubt in my self comes to the surface and I get in these moods where I feel that I won't be able to get him where he needs to be. On the other side, my rational brain kicks in and reminds my self doubt, that it is not about me, it is about his brain. When his brain grows, I am going to be blown away on how much he will advance. It is like one night they go to bed and the next morning they are taller!
I write this so other parents know that they are not alone and also for me to realize that I am not alone. If you went through the same thing or are feeling this way currently, please comment your concerns below and lets help each other.
(This post is about support, any negative or mean comments will be deleted. We are human and no one is perfect.)
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.