Like all you mothers out there, my kids are everything to me. I will do anything within my power to make sure they are happy, healthy and successful.
This year I took Eric out of public school. Never in my wildest dreams, did I think I would be a home schooling parent. I didn't know what else to do. My options seemed so limited.
Eric has always struggled with specific areas in school. He is on the fringe for everything, never qualified for any special assistance. It's frustrating. Some parents don't want that help, afraid it will label their children. Then there is me, "please help my son!" In the Utah public school system there are not enough resources for speech therapy, occupational therapy or anxiety counseling.
Every year Eric had well meaning teachers. School officials promised me aid for Eric. It never came.
I saw a frustrated, little boy in tears way too often. He brought home papers with zeros on them. I only discovered these papers by rifling through his backpack. I never received calls or messages from teachers advising me of troubled areas.
I worried about Eric. I didn't know what to do. Michael and I explored different options. Nothing worked. Meanwhile, I felt like Eric was getting more behind.
I finally decided enough! I enrolled Eric in the K12 program. It is still through the public school system, but with more resources. I mentioned my concerns for Eric with K12. They were the first to conduct a full workup on all academic areas with Eric. He is now receiving weekly on-line speech therapy and anxiety counseling. An occupational therapist comes to our house once a week to help Eric with his fine motor skills. I am grateful.
Days are sometimes long and frustrating. Five hours of school work for Eric usually means five hours of school work for me. I guide him through every course. I am the teacher. We work together. Sometimes we lose patience! Sometimes we need a break! Some days are good and some days are not! Some days I wonder what I did? But I always know who I did it for!