For a long time, I wondered if we’d made the right choice. Now, I know. This is why homeschooling is the best choice for my child with special needs.
As I type this, I am an hour away from my youngest son’s IEP meeting.
Although we homeschool, in order to be eligible for special educations services, we recently enrolled in a charter program here in Southern CA. After weeks of testing, evaluations, and rewarding my son for actually getting through the one hour, two hour, and three hour testing, it’s time to sit down and talk about what interventions would help him.
I think I am ready for it.
Also, I think there’s no way to be ready for it.
I was present for the evaluations, all of them, and could hear everything they asked my son. Every single test frayed my nerves.
I could hear him struggle to read the basic sentences.
I saw his letter reversals written on the page.
I heard the evaluator gently encouraging him to take his time.
Hour after hour, I came face to face with a small glimpse of what my son has learned from me throughout his elementary school years. I also came face to face with all he hasn’t learned.
As I head into this morning’s meeting, I am unsteady and unsure.
It’s hard to be the mom in a room full of professionals, even in the best circumstances. This doesn’t feel like the best circumstances.
I am worried about how it all will go.
But the truth is, there is one element of all of this that remains unchanged. There is one thing about which I feel 100% confident.
Homeschooling is the best choice for my child with special needs.
It always has been.
It may always be.
Why Homeschooling Is The Best Choice For My Child With Special Needs
Please join me today at Simple Homeschool. I share all the details of my son’s evaluations and why I feel confident, now more than ever, that homeschool success is so much more than what we can ever measure in a few weeks of standardized reviews.
Join me as I share what I found in the midst of all of this testing. It may surprise you.
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Shawna Wingert is a former training and development professional turned education specialist, and has homeschooled her two children for the last ten years.Shawna has written four books about homeschooling unique learners and has been featured in homeschooling discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, Simple Homeschool, My Little Poppies and Raising Lifelong Leaners.
You can find her online here at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.