Hip-hip hooray! It’s the first day of school! Since I am a homeschooler, people look at me funny when I get excited about the first day of school. I actually school year round with the kiddos because I hate re-teaching things forgotten over break, especially math. It drives me absolutely bonkers when I spend weeks upon weeks explaining a concept ten different ways so that the child finally understands it; only to have a long break where it is all forgotten. Did you know that the last 1/3 of a school year is forgotten over summer? The poor teachers have to review the last 1/3 of the previous year because kids forget. This is stuff they ‘learned’ but didn’t get to a mastery stage yet, so it’s gone. Use it or lose it at its finest. So over the summer we scale back our schedule, but we still do math everyday as well as some form of science. Fun stuff where they get to read and write (see how I snuck that in there!! Mwaaa-haaa!!) about whatever ‘sciency’ stuff they want to.
But there is a catch. The boy goes to public school. I just can’t school the boy at home, I can’t communicate with him because of his Autism. He schools year round as well – the regular school year and then he goes to summer school. Why? Because school professionals know that there is regression over the summer and special needs kids can’t afford that. Sometimes you spend an entire year on one skill. Take 2 months off from that skill and BAM, it’s gone and now you spend the next year trying to gain it back. Special needs kids just can’t afford that kind of a setback. They have it hard enough already, let’s not make their life even harder.
So the boy schools year round, but he usually has 2 weeks off at the end of the regular year before summer school starts and then another 2 weeks off before the next year starts. Sometimes it is 2 ½ weeks, but you get the idea. Did you notice this year that the kids went back to school really late? Oh I know, some schools decided to go back before Labor Day this year because of how late it was; but not our school district. What did that mean? That means that TODAY was the first day of school and the boy had off almost 3 ½ weeks before heading back to school.
OH MY GOODNESS
So yes, I am over the moon that the boy is finally back to school. Back to his routine and back to getting his services. (I talk more about what that means here) I was even able to talk to some adults today at a homeschool picnic. I met some new people, reconnected with some that I haven’t seen in months or even years! I was able to relax and enjoy myself for about an hour before heading home to begin “The boy is going to be home from school – get the house ready” phase of the day. Ohhhhh that drama is a post for another day!
My daughter even had the chance to find some shade (man is it HOT where you are too??) and play without any interruptions from the baby OR the boy.
Life is good today. I started it off overwhelmed with the million things I needed to do to catch up on. I am ending the day saying, it will get done eventually. One day at a time, one chore at a time, one struggle at a time. We don’t need to take on everything at once. So what that I haven’t mopped in weeks because the boy was home. You know my mop is evil. Is it really going to matter if it waits another day or two while I catch up on things? Last night I managed to get the mysterious, sticky gunk up off the kitchen floor with my Purification oil and that will have to suffice. Sheets need changing, laundry needs to be done, homeschool needs organizing, my business needs attention, e-mails need writing, groceries need buying, apples need processing, and the checkbook needs balancing. Today I got the dishes caught up and the kids ate dinner. It’s a win. You can’t do it all every day and you will make yourself miserable if you try. I am telling you because I know. I am telling you because I’ve been there.
Take it one day at a time.
Take it one task at a time.
You’ve got this.
I’m here if you need me <3
Special Needs families People have to support each other.