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    Default Momma Moose from Montana

    Hi everyone. This is my third year of homeschooling, but first year where hopefully medical needs do not become the focus.

    My oldest struggled big time with anxiety and emotional regulation. This plus other medical needs cause small things like asking the sound of ’t’ a big big thing. With her our goal is to keep learning fun and keep any momentum forward. I believe she can always ’catch up’ before further education. There is no need to press it now.

    My second loves to learn, just not old enough to actually focus on anything. Four year old boys can only focus for seconds at a time, when the world outside is exciting to explore.

    Our youngest is just along for the ride right now. She loves to ’help’.

    We have a homestead in NW MT, along with three businesses. This means often we learn from life, not books. It also means what many think of as normal is not our normal. We do not have internet at all (except my cellphone), no options for land lines, and often loose land power for days to weeks at a time. Our local school systems are very poorly funded. Two of my three kids can not actually go to the schools at all due to the districts lack of resources for children with medical needs.

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    Welcome! I cant fully commiserate with what youve been through with your oldest, but my youngest has apraxia, and each milestone is appreciated far more than it was ever noticed with my older, NT child. Im so grateful that Ive been able to homeschool him, figure out ways to teach him to read (when speech is physically tiring, and writing was out of the question), and could go at his pace.
    Your three kids sound like theyre getting a lot of lifeschooling, thats great!
    Welcome to the forum! If you have questions, or can add your more unschooly strategies, please speak up.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I would have loved to visit MT when we lived in the US for a few years (we are NZ'ers) but sadly did not make it.

    Sounds like your kids have amazing opportunities lifestyle wise. I am sure it is tough some days though.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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