I don’t dread parent teacher conferences for any of my kids. Mostly because we keep such close touch with their teachers that we aren’t surprised when conferences roll around. This doesn’t occur with our youngest though since we are home schooling him. Before this Spring, the teachers would quake in fear when they saw my wife and I coming. Mostly because we had to pull teeth, nails and hair to get things that they should have provided without a fight. In the case of our youngest, we are still fighting, but feel that his needs are better met with us through home school. Sadly, he is missing so much by not being in public school. He misses his friends, he misses interaction with other adults, he misses PE, music, and what not. But he doesn’t miss getting assaulted on a regular basis, he doesn’t miss being restrained, he doesn’t miss
Our outing to the Malte Shoppe was a huge success. On the way home we stopped at the drug store and the hardware store. We ended up walking because dad forgot to put gas in his truck. But since it is only four blocks and not really all that cold at 34 degrees, we walked. Nice to get a bit of exercise, happy that I was wearing my knee braces and had my cane with though. The other nice thing about our outing was that he didn’t steal anything, even though we were in two stores. Last year, he would have been loading up his pockets. So we met with our Partnerships Coordinator, and the mentor coordinator. It worked out very well. Nice to have some adult contact during the day, and David seemed to enjoy interacting with someone other than his old man. We bought him an ice cream
Each day moves forward without prompting. We start when the rest of the kids leave the house. 8am – four kids off to school. 8:30 breakfast and clean up 9:00 play time 9:30 exercise period 10:00 study math 10:30 break 11:00 spelling lessons 11:30 – 1 lunch 1pm grammar and reading. 1:30pm. done for the day For exercise we use games on the Wii. When it gets warmer, we will go outside. We also have an exercise bike. Three times a week, we try to have an outing of some kind. Go to the store, a cafe, bank or whatever. Our day varies depending on his temperament and how he is responding. Because of the severity of the ADHD, the above schedule is very flexible. Some days we might not get started until 11am and might get done at 1. We work when he is able to focus and function.