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My name is Denise and this is the first year of homeschooling my 7 year old son. He has severe ADHD and my husband and I made the decision to remove him from all meds because nothing was working and I felt like we were giving him meds for the teachers sake, not Matts. He had a very difficult year in public school last year. He was receiving services , OT (to get him out of the teachers hair..his skills are fine) and resource to provide him with one on one extra help. He began to feel "different" and the kids began to tease him. Our worst fears came true, and Matt began acting out and was labeled a behavior problem, something the Matt is definately not!
We decided to homeschool him. We are repeating 1st grade.
I have so many questions and I am so happy that I found you!
Hello and to the forum!! I'm Lisa and I've got 2 kids. Reilly is 6 and in first grade and Declan is 3 and in preschool when he actually feels like doing things! This is our second year of homeschooling and I LOVE IT!!!
I'm sorry about the struggles you had with the PS system. It amazes me that they'd give him OT - how ridiculous is that?!? It really sounds like you made the right decision!
Well, I'm preparing for a road trip to Ohio, so I have to sign off for now, but I wanted to tell you that we're glad you're here. You'll LOVE this forum! We've got a fantastic group of ladies here!
-- Lisa --
Wife to my best friend Troy, mom to Reilly and Declan
Welcome! Nice to "meet" you. It sounds like you made the best possible decision for your son.
I'm Robin. I have 4 kids and we just began homeschooling full-time a few months ago. I'm teaching a 5th grader and a 2nd grader and I also have a 3 yr old doing some preschool stuff, but mostly just playing and a cuddly 1 yr old as well. I'm also a part-time student myself, taking college classes online.
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3
I'm Jo, the one and only Aussie on this board. My kids are Sarah nearly 5, who I am doing kindy with (preschool) and Daniel just turned 2. I live up in sunny Queensland and just the bunch of ladies here. This is one of the nicest homeschooling boards you will find, so I hope you stick around and feel free to ask away.
"Cats are keen, cats are great, cats are clean they lick your plate."
It is very nice to meet you. I think you made a wise decision for your son. Too many ADD/ADHD children grow up feeling like they are bad and not good enough just because they can't conform to the school's way of doing things. My daughter has ADD, although we didn't pinpoint it until 3rd grade because she doesn't have the hyper part of it...just really distracted with a lot of other symptoms. I watched her go from a very confident preschooler to a self conscious little girl all because she wasn't completing her work as fast as others and conforming to certain school standards. Her grades were fine, though she had to work a little harder to get them. However, I watched her change.
We have been homeschooling for a year now...not because of her ADD but lots of reasons...and she has slowly gone back to who she was before we put her into school. It has been amazing. I am so happy that we made this decision for her and her brothers. I hope you have success as well.
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