Thursday, December 30, 2010

The end of a year..... Goodbye 2010...Hello 2011!

The end of a year......
Can anyone believe that it is the end of 2010? I cannot, nor can I grasp that it is almost the end of our Christmas Break from homeschooling and here I sit not ready...
I do this every year, I plug in 2 weeks off over the Holidays with great plans that I can get it all done PLUS be ready for our next 9 weeks of school. And somehow it always flies by and I spend the weekend scrambling to be ready..... of course the boys LOVE this.... they cross their fingers that Mom will NOT be ready and they get a bonus day or 2 off....
Give them an inch, they will take a mile!
What will 2011 bring.....
Well, my oldest son turns 14 tomorrow and will be finishing 8th grade May 2011. We will have to sit down and make some hard decisions on his high school years. Will we homeschool or will we send him to public school? He has ADHD and trouble processing steps, especially in Math. This may or may not plug him into some special education programs at public school. I know there are many kids out there in need of special education and ADHD is low on the list, but his way of processing or handling things greatly affects his schooling. It is the main reason we pulled him from middle school in Fall 2008, he was being left behind. We are really focusing on his Math skills, test taking skills and to improve on his vocabulary and spelling. He is the WORST speller and doesn't try, he would rather ask me or his brother and for years we have been his crutch. Whether we homeschool into his high school years or we send him out into the wide world of public school, he needs to be ready to take steps on his own and my goal for 2011 is to spend it getting him prepared for this.
Many people set resolutions for themselves, my resolutions are to homeschool my boys to the best of my ability so that they can become the best they can!

2 comments:

topsy-techie said...

I remember 8th grade year for each of my boys as being a "preparation" time. In the end, they both chose to stay homeschooling, and we turned to a more unschoolish/interest-led approach which has really benefited them both well. Best of luck to you as you and your son make those big decisions!!

Aandwsmom said...

Thanks topsy-techie!
It is a HUGE decision. I honestly do not think that he can go back into a traditional public school and function. Hence the reason we are checking into better options. Homeschooling him thru high school is totally an option with my only concern being that I can do it good enough for him!
We need T4L to find a high school program!!LOL