To IEP or not to IEP…

My youngest has his IEP meeting coming up.  He hasn’t been to a speech therapy session since this school year started.  I want to withdraw him.

Background:  3 year old’s speech services were taken over by the public school system when he made 3 years.  Playgroup for this is twice a week with a speech therapist, teacher, and a handful of other kids for 2 hours each session.

Anyway, with common core’s hands all over the school system, I am trying to find an easy way to pull him out without offending his therapist and most especially his teacher who loves him to pieces.  I don’t want these people to take it personally that I don’t want my son involved in the public school system, at all, but I have to look out for my family first.  I called his therapist today because she and I have been playing phone tag due to my work schedule and told her we’d be moving soon and tried to use that as an excuse to withdraw him and she says “oh when you find out what school district you are moving to just go to enroll him there and they will contact me for his info.”  *sigh*  I am not confrontational with people who have done me no wrong; it makes it worse when these people have shown nothing but love for my son and I don’t want these people to think that I’m not giving my son the help he needs.  He has made more progress over the summer than he did the entire time he was with this program last year due in large part to the private therapist we had before he made 3 years.  She knew she was losing him to the school system so she put together a huge binder for me with all the tools, lessons and advice I’d need to continue working with him on my own.

If the principal at the lower elementary where these playgroups take place decides to ask me why I am pulling him, THAT is a whole different story and I salivate at the idea of telling her about herself.  Primitive and petty?  Maybe, but I avoided the confrontation with her when I pulled my child from her school because I knew I’d still have to deal with her about my youngest.

I suppose, when I am eligible for insurance through my employer I can always look for another private therapist if he still needs it.  I have until Dec 3 (the date of his IEP meeting) to come up with a way to deal with this.

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Ending and Beginning

Our last day of school was the 24th.  Since then, I have been caretaker of my mother who had knee replacement surgery and also A who stubbed his toe so badly it got infected, the nail separated from the skin and he required an injection.  It has been some kind of week, I tell you.

E said to me yesterday that he was “so bored” and wants to do some school work, when the public school hadn’t even let out yet (their last day is today).  So I agreed that we start on Monday for the coming school year, and will work 2 or 3 days a week for now.  Tomorrow is the first day for hurricane season so it’s probably a good idea to start off with extra days in the event of another evacuation or week-long power outage.  Our first lesson will be planning hurricane packing lists!  This is something I am an old pro at, but I will let them use some websites like this, this, and this to get ideas and make their own.

We have finally decided on a geography and history publisher!  I was so excited when I made that decision, and a huge deciding factor was their work against the CCSS.  We are going with Knowledge Quest.  We have ordered all 3 of their geography courses together so we won’t get them for a bit, the 3rd is still in production but you are able to download samples and I am impressed with what I see.

Introduction

Greetings, readers.  I’d like to introduce myself. I am a homeschooling mother of 3, and I am also attending college online. I have recently gotten myself involved in the anti-common core/data mining movement and my small group in my state has been successful with getting all student data pulled from the database.

But, we’ll talk about that later.  I want the focus of this entry to be an introduction of myself, my family, and our homeschooling.

My daughter, Z, is 10 year olds.  She is a green belt in taekwondo and has won her 4th award from a tournament.  My son E is 7, who just brought home his 2nd award and he is also a green belt.  I am a green stripe and just brought home my very first award, 2nd place in forms.  I also have a 3 year old son, A, who has a severe speech delay.

This will be our first year homeschooling without any online charter so choosing curriculum has been a new experience for us.

We have for Z:
Christian Light Math 4
Christian Light ELA 3 (this is her worst subject)
k12 Literature (given to us free by an angel of mercy)

We have for E:
Christian Light Math 2
Christian Light ELA 1

For A we have:
Christian Light preschool
Horizons preschool for 3’s

For everyone:
Complete book of Maps & Geography (yes this is unfortunately aligned with CCSS, I didn’t realize it until after the purchase)
Real Science 4 kids

Obviously, this list isn’t complete yet. Some subjects I have not yet decided on. I pulled my kids out of school a few weeks ago and have had quite a time trying to get them out of the mindframe of “sit down shut up do your work” as they have been indoctrinated to do in the public school system.

My goal here is to raise independent thinkers and questioning minds.