“Hey hun?” he called from the office.
“What?” I yelled back over the kid noises; screaming, yelling, and non-stop whining that has become the background noise of my life.
“Are the library books due yet?” There was a long pause.
“I don’t think so?” I replied, not sure, but hoping I was right.
This question comes up a lot in some of the parenting groups that I’m in. “My 17-month-old knows all the letters, is he gifted?” The older, more experience parents usually reply … wait for it … “maybe.”
Because it’s just too early to be certain.
I found myself in a familiar situation last week. I guess I should be used to it by now.
I sat, perched uncomfortably on the exam table, trying to explain to my doctor why my thyroid doctor isn’t concerned about my levels. His eye roll clued me into the problem: “I know you don’t believe in this – your doctor doesn’t believe in this …” he told me, “but conventional medicine says your levels are the problem.” I spluttered “wait, I DO believe in conventional medicine ….” and then stopped. Because he wasn’t listening. He was done.
I left, again with no answers. All because I’m stuck somewhere in the wasteland between Functional and Conventional medicine.
Vision therapy is pretty controversial. Some people will tell you it’s the source of all behavioral woes. Others – generally those in the medical field – dismiss it as a bunch of undocumented, unscientific hogwash designed to part parents from their hard-won money.
In fact, a lot of insurance companies won’t even cover it. Worse, all of the vision therapists in our area will not accept the medical insurance required to cover it rather than the vision insurance that makes more sense.
So yes, it’s expensive. It’s time-consuming, like all therapies. It’s elitist – only those with enough money can afford it. And… it’s working.
This post is for the newbie homeschoolers – the ones just getting started, or the ones still finding their homeschooling feet. If you’re an old hand at this homeschool thing you’ve probably already worked out a system that fits your needs, am I right? Feel free to read along even in case I impart some pearls of wisdom (ha!)
Everyone says “just piece your own curriculum together” to new homeschoolers who find that an all-in-one curriculum doesn’t work for their kid. Let’s be honest – a one-grade-fit doesn’t work for most kids, really. Unless your kid is spot on the specific grade requirements, they’re probably going to need a little of this and a little of that to fit their educational level. Which is why “what grade are you this year?” can be a really confusing question for a homeschool kid!
The problem with this advice is that people rarely spell out HOW they piece their own curriculum together. Or worse, make their own curriculum. Which is super intimidating for new homeschoolers, because they already feel out of balance with this homeschool dynamic and may potentially feel inadequate as a teacher. Homeschoolers don’t need a teaching degree to successfully homeschool, but we often feel like we do.
So here are a few tips on how to take that mess of workbooks and curriculums and spread it out to meet your goals over the year. This is what works for me – your methods may need tweaking and adjusting to fit your needs, of course.