A while back, I was searching Amazon for veterinary books for my middle child. She would like to be a vet but is unsure of dissection requirements along the route of education and surgeries once in the field. Sensory issues no doubt play in to that a bit. Anyway, I’m always looking for ways to help encourage my children’s dreams and I happened upon an animal anatomy book – coloring the different systems (organs, skeletal, and muscular) much like the human anatomy coloring books. I showed it to my daughter and she’s interested. We’re going to have time in the science curriculum this year, so I think I’ll go ahead and but the book now rather than make her wait for birthday or Christmas. I figure this book will help her learn the complex anatomical systems in a low stress environment. Vet school is tough enough from what I’ve heard. It also may help her adjust to the idea of dissection. She’d be one fantastic vet – animals love her and she seems to have a quieting effect on them – and I’d hate to see her shelve that dream over dissection when she’s just 11.
I also looked at David Barton’s books. He is an extremely knowledgeable historian, focusing on the beginnings of our country. I have two picked out to get. Celebrate Liberty! Famous Patriotic Speeches and Sermons and Keys to Good Government. He has other books which would be interesting to read, but for this purchase I looked at books which would have a broader focus for a junior high history study. 7th grade social studies here is focused on “Eastern Hemisphere”, but I’ve been including American History throughout. This year’s focus is “Western Hemisphere”, but we still spent time on the Constitution and have included videos on the Revolution.
I had decided earlier in the year that next year miss sensory will be home schooled as well. She faces many challenges and isn’t yet to the point where I’ll feel comfortable with her back in public school hands. I’m considering joining the home school co-op at our church next year to try adding more of a classroom atmosphere and see how it goes. The faces would be familiar, classes are small, and the teaching is professionally done. Many of these moms were trained to teach. It could at least give me a better idea of how she’s progressing in dealing with her sensory reactions away from me. We’ll see. I haven’t discussed this with DH yet and he’ll need to be on board with the idea.
Summer will be busy with planning for next year. I’ve got the literature books picked out but need to read them through and plan the corresponding work. I need to pull out some history books we have on ancient eastern areas and create assignments to accompany them. I have math books already, but will need to gather science resources. It’s a bit annoying that until high school, each year covers the same topics and simply adds to them each year. Also, each year covers all of the sciences so gathering materials can be more complicated. I’d go my own way if I weren’t working toward DS’s return to public school.
It feels as if I’ll never truly be on top of it all, but it’s the right thing to do. My daughter, who loves learning, was hating school when we removed her. Her teacher didn’t know how to handle her sensory needs and wouldn’t believe what we said. I don’t want my child to experience anything like that from a teacher again. It’s still hard for me to think about it and I still don’t like seeing that teacher.
At home, a sensory reaction doesn’t end her day of learning. At home, sensory reactions are dealt with/worked through. At home, we can flex where she’s working, add music to the background, take a fuzz therapy break (petting cats) and in general practice how to deal with sensory issues and still learn what needs to be learned. I have to be sure she’s ready for the public school system before I’ll send her back. If that day never comes, I’ll continue to do all I can for her here.
I’ve really enjoyed teaching again. It’s what I did before having children. When we faced the decision of what to do after the teacher acted poorly, I knew that this was the ultimate reason I’d earned a teaching degree. I needed to be capable of providing a good education for my child/children when called upon. I couldn’t have forseen that back when I was 20.
Having a teaching degree is helping my son with his spelling as well. After working with him with new approaches to spelling, he got 100 percent last week. I don’t expect the same this week as I have not been able to work with him as much (being sick and sacked out on the couch while they ate whatever they could find from the fridge). Oh- the note that the teacher wrote to me about the ‘mad eyes’ was written on a homework paper. We have e-mail and a space in the planner which has to be signed every night, and she wrote it on a paper that my son could (and probably did) throw away. Good plan.