Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Josiah got accepted into Head Start Preschool in our local school district.
Why, you ask, did you sign him up? I thought you were homeschoolers.
We are, I answer... But , but, ummm...
Josiah has filled my mind with whys & hows & whats, pertaining to my teaching him at home. Yes, Josiah is a homeschooler... *redtape* He schools at home daily. He can recognize almost the whole alphabet, can count to 20, has known all his colors for 2 years, he is just smart. He will always be schooled at home. His dad & I take full responsibility for teaching him the ins & outs of life & the academics to get through it.
I am putting him in Headstart because I need to see how he responds to it. I don't have full trust in the school system, nor in my own head, when it comes to Josiah.
I need to know that socially, he is going to be all-right. I feel as if he has some sensory problems, ie S.I.D. I want him to get tested. It feels like the right thing, all the while it feels just plain wrong.
We have been homeschooling since 1999.
Is it right, wrong? No. It is just a family feeling it out in this confusing world of what to do & what not to do.
I am still confused, even after talking about it. I will probably stay confused, until I know he will be okay. Mother's intuition is what I will be calling this... no solid reason or proof or evidence. Just acting on my gut... it feels right to not know what I am doing... I cannot wait for this to pass...............Thanks for listening, whoever is out there in my blog world.


momof3feistykids said...

Hi Kelly!

James went to Head Start (at Bessie Weller), and he really enjoyed it. As an eclectic home schooler, it makes sense to me to use any available resources that might be beneficial for our kiddos - including public school programs.

On the other hand, you don't *have* to enroll him in school to get an evaluation, and other services, for him. Under Virginia law, we have a right to get "special ed." services for our home schooled kiddos.

So many options! :-)

Just my thoughts, for whatever it's worth. :-) Call/e-mail me if you ever want to talk. I may not have words of wisdom, but I'm a good sounding board (and I've "been there done that" with the "special needs" and S.I.D. stuff.)

momof3feistykids said...

Hi again. I realized after I left my comment that I kind of missed your point. You seem to want to see *how* he responds to a pre-school environment as part of understanding his developmental issues. I wanted the same thing for James (who has some sensitivities) and, of course, for Sarah. Long story. Maybe for another time. :-)

I was about to e-mail you and couldn't find your address. Could you drop me a note? I thought we could plan a time to get together.


momof3feistykids said...

Hi again. I "tagged" you over at my weblog.