We are counting down the days until a new school year here at the Hodson’s. The Blue Eyed Girl will be a (gasp!) Junior, The Curly Girly has just been hired on as an Intern with her very own special needs classroom. Reed is busy getting his school ready for a new year, and I’m putting the (hopefully) finishing touches on Parker’s curriculum for the 2014/2015 year.
Ah, special needs homeschooling. I think I may finally have gotten the hang of creating a smooth and effective routine.
I put together my own curriculum for Parker. I make most of his learning activities myself. And I’m pretty proud of that. I would have liked to have been able to pick up lots of books for Parker, who’s love of print keeps growing. I’ve been stalking the FB Yard Sale sites for my area, but to no avail. I have a list of books I was hoping to use as part of our Literacy activities. But that’s okay. I just keep my eye out for those titles.
I’ve been trying to think of what to do with this space. Over the last several months I’ve received so many emails from parents of both medically fragile kids and kids with special needs. Their emails have all included some version of the questions below:
How do I start homeschooling my child with special needs? So many parents are making the decision to home school their child with special needs. While it’s really kind of exciting, I find myself wondering if they’ve had such miserable experiences with the public and charter schools that they are feeling a bit of desperation. This has lead me to think that it might be helpful to share not only what I do with Parker that meets his IEP goals, but to also share ideas for older kids as well. Maybe even create a weekly linky to share everyone’s ideas.
I want to start feeding my child a blenderized diet. Where do I start? Of course the very first place you start is with your doctor. Some kids are on extremely complicated formulas and just replacing those with a blenderized diet has the potential to be more harmful than good. You need to touch base with someone who understands your child health issues and get the okay. I’d like to start sharing more of Parker’s daily blends as well as share the tools needed to figure out how many calories a day your child would need in order to thrive on a blenderized diet.
We are drowning in medical debt. What tips can you share with us that might help us be able to provide for our child with special needs and still be able to put food on the table? Oy! Do I get this one. I’ve been living it for almost 10 years now and am pretty sure I have a black belt in this topic.
What would you like to see featured here on Praying for Parker? What questions do you have? Are you homeschooling a child with special needs? How’s it going? I’d love to have you share your experiences in the comment section below or stop by my Parker’s Facebook page and share!