Daily Chaos

A look at the daily chaos in my home as I fight my own Type-A nature to raise my ADHD family.

Traditional Homeschool: Day 1

by Caroline on April 8, 2013

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Moving by Car

Moving from Idaho to Texas: 872 miles down, 836 miles to go.

My brain hurts.

We’ve moved to Texas. We made the 1704-mile trip over four days, taking a week break at my parents’ house in the middle of it. The girls and I have been in our new home for just over a week. We spent half of that first week trying to put the house in some kind of order, and I spent the other half fighting a panic attack over how chaotic everything was. Is. Will be for the forseeable future. Argh.

But enough about that. I’m sure you’re wanting to know how our first day of homeschooling went. I can hear you saying, “Wait, first day of homeschooling? Didn’t you homeschool already?” Well, yes, but now that we’ve moved out of state, and the public virtual charter school we were using is no longer an option for us, we prayerfully decided to switch to traditional, non-public homeschooling. Now, “traditional homeschool” can mean a lot of different things to different people. By traditional I mean an education not primarily delivered by computer. We’ll be using actual physical curriculum and hands-on activities.

And how did it go? Well … it was a hard day. That was expected; I didn’t expect everything to go great and everybody to be super happy. It didn’t help that both girls had trouble sleeping, and on their own decided to get up at 6 a.m., get dressed (I couldn’t believe it either), and go downstairs to play on the Nintendo Wii. Decoder Man and I woke up in a panic to shrieks that turned out to be laughter over Mario, Luigi, and cohorts trying to conquer a Ghost Castle. And of course, by the time we actually got through with breakfast and chores, they were tired. Definitely not the way I’d planned to start our first day of homeschooling. We had several mini-meltdowns throughout the day. Also, I wasn’t as prepared as I’d like to be, since I wasn’t able to open any of the curriculum I’d bought until we got here last week.

Family amidst moving mess

A small percentage of the moving mess. Panic inducing for the Type-A like me.

Overall, I’m pleased with how the day went and excited about the curriculum I’ve picked out. Even though we’re technically in our last semester of this school year, I’m starting at the beginning of the programs I’ve bought. When we finish them next year, we’ll move on to the next level, and that’s totally OK. I’m letting go of my preformed ideas of “grades” and “school years” and just trying to get through the work. (I’ll write more about the curriculum we’re using in the next post.)

Ultimately, even though it was an extremely hard day, I feel I have confirmation that traditional homeschool is the route we’re supposed to take for now. Why? Because today I saw how unused the girls were to working. To using their brains. Now, it’s true that they’ve had an extended spring break while we moved, visited family, and got our new home partially set up. However, it’s obvious to me that the virtual homeschool was not truly exercising their little minds. It “hurt” them to have to think, to write a sentence, to reason something out without being prompted by an animated character. And it definitely brought out some of the behaviors that children with their disabilities struggle with.

I’m not saying that all virtual learning is bad; in fact, I’m still planning to employ some of it. However, I do believe that with our girls’ mixed bags of PDD-NOS, Dysexecutive Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, language and visual processing issues, and other learning difficulties (phew!), I need to be teaching them how to think, how to write, how to reason, how to plan, and not just how to answer questions.

It’s a good start.


 

A Break in the Chaos

by Caroline February 20, 2013
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Wow. I can’t believe it’s been over two months since I blogged anything. Actually, scratch that. Yes, I can. Here’s what all has happened: The girls went to Seattle to visit family after Christmas. Decoder Man and I started going through our house to get it ready to sell. You might remember that in early […]

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Life, Interrupted: An Announcement

by Caroline December 28, 2012
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Well, it’s been a looooong time since I’ve posted anything. Sometimes life just gets so crazy, especially around the holidays. For our family, the holiday chaos starts with our involvement in our church’s annual Living Christmas Tree. It’s a huge production, and as a member of the executive production team, I practically live at church from mid-November through […]

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Getting Behind in Life

by Caroline November 6, 2012
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I haven’t posted anything besides macro photos in three weeks, and that’s just because I had several weeks’ worth of macro posts in the queue. I feel like I’m getting behind in my own life, not to mention my blog. (It’s been so long that I’ve almost forgotten how to use WordPress, and I just […]

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Mom, I Can’t Sleep: ADHD Sleep Problems

by Caroline October 9, 2012
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Bubbles and M-bug share a few symptoms of ADHD, but in one of the most obvious ways, they’re very different. M-bug’s version of the disorder is called Inattentive ADHD, meaning that her primary issues are related to focus and attention span. Bubbles, on the other hand, exemplifies the “H” in ADHD, hyperactivity. She still has […]

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Chaos In Review: Week of September 30

by Caroline October 8, 2012
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I think I’ll start posting a quick review of how things went in our household the week before. Sometimes I get so stuck looking at one big problem in our lives that I miss the successes in other areas, so it’s good for me to look at the big picture.  Also, that way I can […]

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School Schedule, Take Two!

by Caroline October 4, 2012
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Well, it should come as no surprise that I’ve yet again revised the girls’ school schedule. We were feeling a bit rushed and under the gun while following the first one, so we’re trying something closer to a block schedule. This new school schedule allows us to spend more time on science and social studies in […]

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IEP Meeting and New Homeschool Schedule

by Caroline September 17, 2012
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Sorry to leave you all hanging, everybody. This last week has been crazy, but good, owing in part to the IEP meeting I had at the girls’ school on the 7th, and a new homeschool schedule. You might recall that I was having an extremely hard time keeping up with everything that the girls need […]

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Not Sure I Can Survive Homeschooling

by Caroline September 5, 2012
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Last time I walked you through what a typical day of our virtual homeschooling looks like. It’s been crazy, but on the whole, we’ve been doing OK. I’m not OK today. I don’t know what it is, but I’m halfway to either freaking out or shutting down right now. M-bug had her first day of educational […]

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In a School Daze

by Caroline August 30, 2012
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Thursday, 9:43 am We started school August 20. Ever since, I’ve had numerous ideas for blog posts. I write them in my head, but they never make it to the computer, because I have no time. None. Even though this year’s start of our virtual school was much easier because we already knew how it […]

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Time for Summer Decluttering

by Caroline August 3, 2012
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Every summer Bubbles and M-bug spend several weeks at Decoder Man’s parents’ home in Seattle. It’s great for several reasons. First, they get to see their grandparents and lots of other extended family that we don’t see the rest of the year. Second, they get to go to the beach (which I’ve only done once […]

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