Ok I’m just going to say one more thing about the public school system. I hate it. There lol. Ok it is more of the Special Education Service part I hate.
When we started homeschooling both my children had IEP’s from the public school. I decided I would continue these because my goal was to eventually place them back into public school around high school. I wanted them to be able to have things in place at that time and why not? The school has to give you some services even if you don’t go there. There are tax dollars allotted for just such students.
We had been scheduled speech services for my older boy and they were to work on vocabulary building. We went 1 time a week for 20 minutes, during lunch time by the way. The younger boy was to be monitored by phone every two weeks on his progress through the Barton Reading and Spelling System. I highly recommend this for any dyslexic child. It was a package sent from heaven. You can teach it yourself and I promise it WILL make a difference. Anyway, when the time came for him to be able to read fairly well, he would go to the school to receive reading intervention.
We started in August. I stopped today. I denied all services. Why you ask?? Well of course I’m going to tell you. First off, I have given this school multiple chances to help my kids. Why I thought they would all of a sudden is beyond me, but you know..hope, caring for kids, and all that stuff…
The speech therapist, bless her heart, is really nice. I just didn’t see any difference in this 5 month time. Lack of progress reports and lack of letting me know what was going on was really frustrating. I am the teacher. Had this been in the school setting, a call, a letter, a meeting would have occurred between her and the teacher..so why not me..I’m the teacher. When I was in the room and we were leisurely talking she told me that she has noticed my son having a harder time focusing. She said she’s noticed it for a while now. So why wasn’t I told. Honestly he does have a harder time focusing because we are med free, she knew that going in, but that is not the point. Why does it take me saying I’m denying services because I don’t see it working, for you to tell me it’s not your fault..it’s his lack of focus. Ok sure blame my child because you can’t hold his attention for 20 minutes playing learning games.
My second child was supposed to receive calls every two weeks. Yeah..sure.. I received a welcome call. She talked to me, she talked to my son..a sort of get to know you call. Then 3 weeks later I received a call on our way to a field trip in September. I have not received a call, letter, or anything since. It is January people. Do you realize how many calls should have taken place?? Had she called she would have realized that we were already working in real books now. She would have known that we were reading 3rd grade books and working up to 4th grade books. She would have realized that he should have been in reading intervention for about two months now. Why didn’t I call her you ask? It’s not my job. My job is to teach my child. Her job, that she gave herself mind you, was to call and get an update every two weeks. The other school had only done once a month. If she knew her schedule was busy why did she suggest every two weeks. She just didn’t have time for my child, plain and simple.
So there is my story. My children will never go back to our district public school. If I put them in high school it will be in an online school without services. It is just sad that the educational system is failing children. They wonder why we want to homeschool. I hope that my children never have to go through what I have. I know by God’s grace my children will be everything they were meant to be even without credentials after my name.
Happy Homesteading!! 😀