I am having a hard time with deciding what to do with homeschooling. Emma is easy. She has no learning delays so I am doing the paperwork to have her do one of the online schools. However, Larissa is more of a challenge. We had tried the online school and she struggled so much that we took her out of that program and chose our own curriculum. On our own we were able to get her caught up in language arts (however she lost those gains once she went back to school). Math is a totally different matter. She will not be able to catch up in math. Honestly I don't see her being able to take the graduation test in math. Her challenges with math are that severe. Even the school didn't know what to do with her.
I have been told that the online school will give her online resource. I know that means more work when she is struggling with stamina as it is. She isn't going to the brick and mortar school because the program doesn't work for her. Would it really make sense to put her in a virtual school based on that very same school.
How do I deal with the math issue? What does that issue hold for her future education? We encourage all our kids to go to college. Not all of them do but they have the capability to if they push themselves. With her inability to do math she would not be able to succeed in college. I am really frustrated and can't find anyone who can give me some good answers. If you don't fit a certain mold then the public education system isn't prepared to deal with you.
It is hard because she looks so healthy. She looks and acts like there is nothing wrong with her. Last year the school didn't seem to believe that she had any challenges until I finally taped one of her seizures and showed them to her.
I have seen the impacts of those seizures this summer. She went away to camp for three nights. On the first day I got a call from the camp telling me that she had a headache and was not feeling well. I know that this was the impact of not enough sleep and too much activity. It was fun activity but that didn't matter, she struggled to do a full day of camp.
Last week the kids went to Winshape camp. It was a day camp and the kids all loved it. However, on the first day I got a call from a crying Larissa. She was only able to make it to noon before her headache set in. We did strategies for the rest of the week and she was able to finish out the week. However there was a cost. We medicated her with pain reliever before she left, got as much sleep as possible, got permission for her to stop an activity and take a break when needed. When I talked to them about her problems with stamina they looked at me like I was crazy. Like I said, she looks so healthy. But she does have a debilitating condition. It is just not visible.
Back to schooling. I have been putting it off all summer, what to do with Larissa and school. I started the process for enrolling her in the virtual school but now I have serious doubts. Any homeschoolers out there with suggestions? Any homeschoolers with kids with special needs? I would love to have some input.