Challenges to overcome

Drew pitched such a fit over the math course, that I just bought him another one (the same publisher he was using previously). I will just save this other text for the other boys. They will be starting this new program in pre-algebra, so they won’t see it as a major change.

I have to tell you though, I’m truly concerned about his math. The reason why I switched (we’ve been using Saxon and moved to Teaching Textbooks) is because I’m having problems “getting” some of Drew’s math questions. Now, that he’ll be going into Algebra 2 I don’t believe I’ll be able to keep up much longer. Thus, the switch. (But, because of the fit mentioned above, we are back with Saxon.) However, Drew has an excellent understanding of math, and he aced Algebra 1. . .maybe, if he runs into problems, we can find a tutor?

I worked with Drew on his writing again. I’m starting to detest this. Part of me feels this should not be so difficult! However, I’ve been discussing it with other homeschool moms, and many of them are still having to fight with their high schoolers over writing. So, I shall give it more time, but not too much more.

What I really don’t get is how this can be so difficult for someone as bright and articulate as he is. Although, I am seeing that it truly pains him to put forth any emotion in to it, and heaven forbid I should ask him to put forth himself! I guess I’m seeing a problem that we need to work on; now just to figure out how to address it.

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Tyler had youth retreat this past weekend and truly enjoyed himself. However, he could not get into school today. I gave him today, but the whip shall be cracked tomorrow. I’m seeing the beginning of attitude from him and I need to nip this in the bud before it gets out of hand.

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Garrett has Apraxia (AKA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and Verbal Apraxia) as I have mentioned before. I believe I also mentioned that according to state law it is up to each individual school system as to whether or not homeschooled students receive services. There was a bill that would have made services available to homeschoolers; however, it was never voted on in the House.

At this point I’m at a complete loss. I don’t have the foggiest notion about how to get him services. I guess I have to call my “insurance”. I foresee this being very expensive. He goes 3 times a week right now.

What I find most infuriating is the changing we keep having to do! It’s bad enough, they have to change providers because of age and what not; but, then to throw the military into the mix with the moves. . . Each time we change providers, IF we are lucky, he stagnates for a couple of months. Sometimes, he regresses. It truly breaks my heart when that happens, as he’s intelligent enough to realize it.

Why does it have to be so difficult?

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One comment on “Challenges to overcome

  1. JoAnn says:

    Finding services can be so very hard, and expenses. I pray that you’ll find what you need.
    As for my ds, he just turned 10. He is a high-functioning autistic. So, he does have some learning disabilites. It does help when I make a “window” in a piece of red paper to use when he reads. I guess I just got slacked on it. I have asked him about the jumping thing, he always says no. Nothing is moving, and he can see things fine. So that’s why I’m thinking allergies.
    You are the second person tonight that has mentioned teaching textbooks. I’m switching to Saxon in the fall, but now I’m interested in checking this out. Do they have a web site? Thanks.
    JoAnn

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