Just thought I would pop in and let you know I have posted the August calendar. I included two different sets of cards because I know some are going back to school, and some are still enjoying summertime.
You can download them HERE!
I have been putting off sharing the news of our little homeschool for a very long time. For a while I hoped things wouldn’t change…but I guess the only constant in life IS change! My little sweeties are going to public school in the fall. The Sweet Peas will be starting Kindergarten, and the Director will be in First Grade (it’s his age level). If you have followed me these last two years you know that I only taught one of the girls and the Director. The other Sweet Pea was in therapy and school for her Autism. She has done beautifully, and I am so happy for that. This year she will be in Kindergarten and she can’t be more excited. She has the start date for school circled on her calendar and has shown it to me several times. The surprise was that the Director started exhibiting behaviors similar (in a way) to his sister and was diagnosed with Aspberger’s Syndrome along with ADHD. In retrospect many of the signs were there, but we didn’t seem to realize it (especially me) until last summer. My daughter started wondering if some of his behavior might be autism, and she was correct. To say this last year was a challenge would be an understatement, especially for my daughter. The Director started getting therapy last year, and he will continue to get help this coming school year. At this point homeschooling is just not working for them, and they are going to, what we have been told is, a very good school for kids with special needs. This school even has a sensory room, which I guess is pretty rare.
I don’t pretend to know all there is to know about these two conditions. In fact I feel as though I know nothing. But…my daughter has pretty much become an expert. She has totally changed they way they eat (not that they ever ate badly). They have absolutely no artificial anything. It is amazing what you find out they put in food!!! Did you know most pickles have artificial color added??? Crazy! So now she makes quite a bit of their food from scratch, including pickles. She also has completely gotten rid of all chemicals in her home. Everything is natural. She is very knowledgeable about many natural substances that can help the kids. So I am confident they are making very good decisions.
So there it is…no more homeschooling. At this point I still don’t know what I will do about my teacher store. I truly enjoyed making schooling materials, but since I recently had to return to work (a whole different story) I don’t know how much time and energy I will have to continue. I do have several ideas for things, but I am not sure at this time. I also have a ton of school stuff that I am trying to sell. I may put it on the blog, but I don’t know if shipping costs would make it too expensive for someone to purchase. I know lot’s of “I don’t know”. Other than a garage sale, and Craig's list (which I have tried) do you have any ideas of where I could sell stuff?
If you are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area check out my Craig’s list ad here. This is just a few of the books I have. I have a ton more books and materials in very good shape if not brand new.
Here are some photos of this spring/summer of fun (so far). I love these kids so much, and I will miss not spending my week days with them.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It was a great privilege help these little ones in their learning process, and I am confident they will do wonderfully in school this fall. I plan on keeping tabs on them in their new learning adventures and I may share them with you here. Bye for now!