Chai Chat!............with Lori
When and why did you decide to Home Educate?
My son with autism was fully mainstreamed with an aide. The district was threatening to take his support away even though he was finding it increasingly difficult to work in a classroom with 30 3rd graders. He was spending more time in the library working 1:1 with his aide. Plus, in addition to being in school 6 hours per day he would come home with 3 hours of homework each night. It was simply too much.
What kind of approach do you take?
I set up his schedule much like traditional school at first. Neither of us liked the structure so we loosened it up. He takes breaks after each subject and we generally are done within 3 hours.
Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other?
I only have my son being homeschooled. I set up a room for him and I.
What is your favourite thing about Home Education?
The flexibility and ability to go back when things stump him. No more of pushing through like in regular schooling. He is now allowed to master subjects.
What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable?
Reading comprehension, vocabulary, history, science and math. He also has OT and music therapist.
What do you find most difficult and why?
My son's behaviors are rather difficult due to autism so that often makes learning challenging.
How do you react to people asking about socialisation, do your children easily socialise and work well with others?
They no longer ask, thankfully.
Have family supported your decision?
For the most part, yes.
How do you incorporate Physical Education into your Home Ed days?
He takes golf classes.
Do you plan and how far in advance? A few wks in advance.
What's a typical Home Ed day like? We start at 10am and s couple subjects before heading off to reading tutoring or OT. Then we do math when we get home.
Do you spend a lot of money on resources?
No not really.
How do you make time for yourself?
The evenings are all about ME! Lol!
What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey?
Have a plan and plan for it to constantly change!