Today was our second day officially back to school.
We did do a couple of days the first week of September, but then we took off for a week to the Oregon Coast on vacation. This week we’re jumping in with both feet, but I can tell already that this year is going to take us a while to get into a routine.
Junior high and high school…
what was I thinking?! ADHD and Autism and Dysgraphia?! And a Homelink school program too?
Breathe in. Breathe out. Just breathe Momma. You can do this. You can.
This morning began with a call from the Homelink program that we’re working with this year, asking for a copy of D1’s most recent IEP so they could use it to develop a 504 Plan for him for use at the school. Well, considering his last IEP expired when he was 8, and he’s 15 now, I doubt that it would be very helpful. I instead offered his testing results from the neurodevelopmental specialist from when he was 11. These at least include his Autism diagnosis and some very helpful suggestions for academics that they CAN use for the 504.
At least I hope that they do.
I feel like we’re caught in this weird balancing act, between homeschooling and appeasing the school.
We really are, because although I know what I have planned for most of their subjects, some of them really hang on what the school has to offer. For instance, D1 is signed up for First Aid & CPR on campus. This class meets one day per week and is for high school.
I assumed there would be sufficient homework to justify this as a .5 credit health class, yet they emailed me a PE Log for him to track PE time because they fill in “Health & Fitness” as the core class. After I explained that he had a full year of PE last year and that I want him to take Health, she suggested I find a health curriculum because she doesn’t know what they have for homework in the First Aid class. Oy vey.
We are not fully enrolled in this Homelink program. I didn’t want to give up our homeschool status, and I don’t want to have to report on classes that aren’t tied to what they are doing on campus. Let’s face it: I really don’t like being told what I can and can’t teach. *snicker*
Here’s most of our curriculum lineup for 2015-16.
D1, 10th grade w/ Adjustments
- MATH: Jacob’s Elementary Algebra with Dr. Callahan’s Algebra instructional DVD set and syllabus (LOVE THIS!)
- ENGLISH: Wordly Wise 3000 Online Level 9 (and this is a challenge for him) along with IEW Student Writing Intensive Level B and maybe Movies as Literature– not sure yet because this is a lot!
- US HISTORY: Time4Learning US History, Great Courses Early American History: Native Americans to the Forty-Niners along with a US Presidents Class at Homelink (and Civics next semester there)
- SCIENCE: Time4Learning Biology with Biology 101 DVD set
- HEALTH: Homelink First Aid & CPR class on campus 1st semester and Compass High School Health online (aka Time4Learning, but through Homelink)
- PE: Bootcamp Interval Training class at Homelink (because it was either that or study hall that period)
- Beginning Piano class at Homelink
- Film Communication class at Homelink
- Art Journaling class at Homelink
- Drama (sound/media and set design)
D2, 8th Grade
- MATH: ALEKS Online Middle School Math Level 3
- ENGLISH: Wordly Wise 3000 Online Level 8 and Writer’s Workshop class at Homelink
- SOCIAL STUDIES: Egyptian Mythology class at Homelink (if not sufficient I may add Egyptian Studies & geography to round it out using Around the World in 180 Days.)
- SCIENCE: Life Science from Compass Online (aka Time4Learning) through Homelink
- Barista (This is the only class he has given me the deal or no deal ultimatum– this class or none! He’s a coffee junkie.)
- Sign Language class at Homelink
- Job Skills
- Breads from Around the World
- Get Focused Stay Focused (study skills etc class at Homelink)
Overall I feel pretty good about what we’re doing this year. Things very well may change. That’s the cool part about homeschooling though. When things aren’t working out, we can always adjust them until they do.