Christine A Howard

Back-to-School vs Homeschool in the Fall – that is the question!

Many of us are seriously looking at the news predictions for what brick-and-mortar school will look when it is back-to-school time. As a parent, these are definitely scary times. Do we pray for things to be “business as usual” in the fall, or do we pray for social distancing, masks, and hand sanitizer? As a fellow special needs mom, I am in that boat with you.

I know for sure that my youngest daughter will not keep a mask on, nor will she stop spitting when she is angry. And, I would love to know how school will keep her distanced, and stop her from putting things in her mouth. Since part of the reason she goes to public school is to receive one-on-one supports, it will be interesting to see how the school will keep her safe from the many specialists she has to interact with each day.

And if my mama heart wasn’t already twisted and very conflicted, I recently read several articles talking about those with cognitive delays having an increased risk of severe disease and death. I know that like many of you, I am wrestling with this difficult choice. Do I send my daughter back to school in order to receive her services, or do I keep her at home to stay safe?

Back-to-School vs Homeschool in the Fall - that is the question!

And the answer is… Not Back-to-School

The answer we have made, is that when back-to-school arrives in the fall, she will remain at home. Is that decision a bit daunting? Yes, it is. But, special needs homeschool can be very effective, and maybe even work better for our children. My older daughter has been doing her school at home for a couple of years now, and she is thriving. At brick-and-mortar school, she was learning to fold towels. At home, she is reading at a first-grade level, and learning her math facts.

Let’s do this together!

Mamas, if you are seriously thinking of homeschooling instead of going back to school, let’s do this journey together! A couple of times a month, I will cover resources with you that I have found to be useful, and I would love it if you would do the same. In the comments, send us some tips and tricks that you find helpful. In the meantime, you can check out the homeschool resources our site already has to offer!

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