Greetings! My name is Rebecca and I'm a mom to 7 children ages 21,17,15,12,10,7 and 7. We used to exclusively homeschool, up until a few years ago, when we ran into a few issues that made homeschooling really hard. Right now I'm homeschooling Nik, my 17yo and Elliott, my 7 yo. Chloe, age 15, Anna, age 12, Leif, age 10, and Asher, age 7 are all in school. As the url to this blog might have clued you in, we evaluate our educational options on an each child, each year basis.
Personally, I love homeschooling. I think that it is the ideal, but there are certain things that keep us from pulling them all out of school. Namely that each of the school kids is doing so incredibly well in school. Each, other than Chloe who just chose to go to school, was put in public school because they had special needs that became overwhelming for me to meet at home. Asher has fairly low functioning autism, so him being in school is necessary for everyone in the house's mental health. Anna also has autism, but less severe. She has pretty severe learning delays and her needs are being so well met with an extraordinary special ed teacher. I failed to mention that Asher's teacher is AMAZING. She blows me away with how much energy she has and how much she invests into the kids in her care. She's one of my biggest heroes. Leif has ADHD (though i'm pretty convinced its actually Aspergers, now called autism) and just plain does better when someone else is his teacher. I'm over taking it personally. Alex just graduated from SU and is currently looking for a "real" job. I'm so excited for him!!
That leaves Elliott and Nik who are both homeschooled and thriving. I'll post later when I get a chance about what materials i'm using with each of them. Right now is such an amazingly fun time of the year! I get to sleep in, (as much as Asher will allow!) I get to prepare for the upcoming year... its such a great time of the year. I'm loving it. I'm looking forward to the fall, though dreading the early mornings, and am excited to start a new school year!
Thanks for reading! I'm going to be posting our experiences as well as some hopefully inspiring bits here and there.