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    Default Finally homeschooling... excited, terrified, and many other emotions as well

    Hi everyone! Thanks for having me!

    My name's Liz. I'm an older ADHD mom of a precocious, kinetic, awesomely ADHD little girl, and we're homeschooling for the first time this fall. She would have been going into the second grade.

    We're taking this route because I'm not crazy about our district's coronavirus response (a choice of either 100% in-school instruction or synchronous virtual education via huge long Zoom meetings.) But it's not the only reason. While our school was wonderful and responsive to address her shortcomings as a kid with ADHD and a few other health issues, they were failing her with her aptitudes. They put her in an enrichment group for her reading (at a 3rd grade level), but her teacher refused to do anything about her advanced math skills, claiming she had to advance on an iPad app before she'd teach her anything new. That teacher was phoning it in in a big way anyway, and during the lockdown came to our house with no mask asking to take our daughter for a walk with another unmasked child "with poor social distancing skills"... so her judgement was less than fabulous to boot.

    Sorry, bit of a dump there. TLDR, it's not just coronavirus driving our decision to homeschool. Kiddo needs more stimulation and higher-level content than her school was able to give, and I'm feeling pretty confident that I can give it to her. My mom's a retired teacher, so she's helping to craft a curriculum that teaches her second-grade content at her level, so we don't leave her with gaps in her knowledge base, and we're all really excited about the year to come!

    Thanks again for letting me in!

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    Welcome! Im sorry the school was such a disappointment. I believe schools do the best they can overall, but that often leaves big failures at the individual level (and perhaps the group level too!). Luckily, we can take our kids educations into our own hands.

    It sounds like youre on your way, working with Grandma. If you have questions about curriculum, or how to be your daughter’s teacher without replicating the school lecture environment, let us know! We are always happy to help new homeschoolers along the way.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Thank you. The school tried really hard, for the most part. The principal and the librarian were fantastic, as was her kindergarten teacher. It was just her first grade teacher who frustrated us. I know they're going to be trying their hardest to accommodate a lot of huge changes this year, and I doubt that they're going to be able to go the extra mile for one kiddo.

    Thanks for the support! I'll definitely have about a million questions for you all this year, especially around getting out of the classroom mindset and into something a bit more chill. (I deeply lack chill. LOL)
    Homeschooling DD7
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    It makes me angry when I hear about teachers who do that sort of thing - I don't know if it's a failure of empathy or imagination or effort... but whatever it is, our kids deserve better. (And I'm speaking as a former teacher myself.)

    I'm sorry your daughter's teacher didn't step up and challenge her appropriately. Yes, it's hard to meet every need in your classroom of 20+ kids, I certainly know from experience. But to shrug it off... argh! Like I said, that makes me angry on your daughter's behalf. I am glad to hear that at least the school, as a whole, handled your daughter's ADHD needs appropriately. I hope that this coming year finds your daughter challenged and loving learning!

    It's great that you have your mom's help to get you started. I hope it's a terrific year for all of you.

    Good luck getting started. I'm new to homeschooling too, and I think the best piece of advice I received here was to start easing my son into the process gradually. He's a rising 5th grader, and is also an awesome ADHD kiddo. He's all distractibility and impulsivity, all the time. One of his particular struggles is with transitions - he's very much a creature of comfort and does NOT like change. So while he was looking forward to what he started calling "mommy-school," and science in particular, our first several days of just-a-little-science-in-the-morning-to-get-a-feel-for-the-new-routine were ROUGH. It really helped us a lot to start with a slow ramp-up to all the core subjects. We're now in the groove with science, and will be adding in math next week, then social studies, then ELA around the time the school year would normally start here. I'm so grateful to the people here who chimed in to suggest a gradual process instead of jumping in to the whole new routine all at once!

    Best of luck to your family as you start this new chapter.

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