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    Hello everyone!

    I'm a newbie to the site, and wanted to introduce myself/my family and ask some questions.


    I'm Maria. I'm married to my favorite guy for nearly 11 years (we've been together half my life!), we have 4 amazing children (2 with special needs). 2 dogs too! Jeyne (Coonhound mix) and Harvey (Beagle)

    1. When did you decide to homeschool?
    2. Do you have special needs children?
    3. Can anyone recommend a good planner, to play subjects, daily work, ect.
    4. Anyone else from MI? Where are you located?
    5. If you're from MI is it easy to pull your children from PS?

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    Hello, and welcome!

    1. I decided to homeschool 5 years ago, when my oldest was turning 5, and I had to choose a school for her. She had special needs and, going through all of the options available, both public and private, I could not find anything that would really work for her. At first, I thought I would just redshirt her for a year until she 'caught up' with her typical peers, but she did not 'catch up', and I happened to fall in love with the idea of not sending her anywhere and just continuing to homeschool her. So she and my other two younger daughters have all been homeschooled for the entire time, and we are all thriving (most of the time ).

    2. Yes. DD10 had been born with cerebral palsy.

    3. I do not use anything particular.

    4. We are in Oregon.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD8, DD6

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    Welcome!

    According to the Michigan Dept of Education website on homeschooling, all you need to do is send a letter to the school your child is enrolled in.
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ho...s_122555_7.pdf

    Further information from that document states that you may be eligible to receive services for your SN kids. You may need to research it further - I would recommend finding someone in your area that is homeschooling and working with the school district. Sometimes reading the general info on even an official site doesnt paint an accurate picture.
    MDE - Nonpublic & Home Schools

    I knew I was going to homeschool as a part of my parenting plan. My younger son has significant apraxia, and has been in both speech and OT since he was 2. It was a huge financial relief when he could enroll in our charter homeschool to start receiving the services through them.
    I really appreciate the flexibility of homeschooling with him - there are good days and bad days for him, and we can work around his difficulties, not require output beyond his stamina.

    What sort of planner are you looking for? Planners and homeschool organization are a favorite hobby among homeschoolers, you can search the site for recent (and older) threads. Many people change over time how things are organized, because our kids and needs are changing.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Hai, I am a Michigander. We're southwest, near St Joe/Benton Harbor.

    I assume if you've only been married 11 years your kiddos are not terribly old, but if the ones with disabilities are in school and they have an IEP it might behoove you to investigate how removing them from school and perhaps putting them back in again would affect the IEP. It might help to talk to someone at your school or within the school district. The reason I mention this is because little kids get big, and some kiddos might need accommodations to take things like the SAT/ACT. If there is a record of a long term disability, then accommodations are easily made. Likewise continuing speech therapy or the specific socialization strategies that autistic kids require.

    We're homeschooling because our ADD kiddo was slow to read, but we were in private school and did not consider public to be an option. It has been a tough thing to do (we both work), but homeschooling has been great. She'll be in high school next semester, we've been HSing her since 3rd.

    And I hate planners. But I am alone in this hate; look in our archives for planner recommendations.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastweedpuller View Post
    Hai, I am a Michigander. We're southwest, near St Joe/Benton Harbor.

    I assume if you've only been married 11 years your kiddos are not terribly old, but if the ones with disabilities are in school and they have an IEP it might behoove you to investigate how removing them from school and perhaps putting them back in again would affect the IEP. It might help to talk to someone at your school or within the school district. The reason I mention this is because little kids get big, and some kiddos might need accommodations to take things like the SAT/ACT. If there is a record of a long term disability, then accommodations are easily made. Likewise continuing speech therapy or the specific socialization strategies that autistic kids require.

    We're homeschooling because our ADD kiddo was slow to read, but we were in private school and did not consider public to be an option. It has been a tough thing to do (we both work), but homeschooling has been great. She'll be in high school next semester, we've been HSing her since 3rd.

    And I hate planners. But I am alone in this hate; look in our archives for planner recommendations.
    Nope, they're young. Our oldest is 10. We live near Kalamazoo.
    We do have medical documentation as to the SN kids Autism (both have IEPs). I don't know if medical records and a copy of past IEP would help with SAT/ACT taking (probably because he might need more time to test - I did in HS and had an IEP as well, at the time of test taking). We are looking in enrolling him in ABA therapy (our other ASD son is already in ABA), and our ins. covers all that. Thanks for bringing it up, I need to research that!

    I don't know if I'm a planner hater, yet. lol I might be...but I think right now I'm just overwhelmed with organization and how to get on a smooth start. I'd like to start after July 4.
    Mom of 4 | Autism Advocate | Homemaker | Homeschooler | Reader | Nerd-in-general
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    Welcome.
    1. When did you decide to homeschool?
    After 3 years of public school when my daughter was having mental (anxiety, depression, became really aggressive and angry at home) and physical health (chronically constipated because she would not go to school toilets and was not allowed to drink water during class time, and not allowed to go to the bathroom during class time) issues because of school. Then on top of that she was neglected academically as she achieved above the standards and was just left to it rather than extended.

    2. Do you have special needs children?
    My oldest is gifted with processing speed issues, and really suffers from the Dabrowski overexcitabilities that gifted kids can have. She is super intense, sensitive, etc. to both positive and negative extremes multiple time a day and switches from one to the other in seconds.

    My youngest had health issues (congenital heart defect that required open heart surgery) but is pretty good now. She is not school age yet and goes to play based preschool three days a week. I am not yet sure if I will homeschool her. In an ideal world, I would love to. But we are pretty limited around here for peer/friend play time opportunities, and I also worry about having her at home all day with my oldest. It may not be fair to my youngest to be around her when she can lash out (kick, punch, push over etc.) at random moments with no warning.

    3. Can anyone recommend a good planner, to play subjects, daily work, ect.
    I don't use a planner myself really, but I keep a schedule book for my daughter. Its just a regular lined school book that I write in each day. She likes a pretty set routine (math, music, break, exercise, reading, foreign language, break, writing, science/art/social studies, sometimes coding or a free choice, long break, after school activities). So I write in those headings, and if I have specific things I am wanting her to do, I will put them in, otherwise she knows what her choices are for each thing, and she writes in what she feels like doing. Then I can keep track of what she has done.

    4. Anyone else from MI? Where are you located?
    New Zealand.

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