We are a few months into the homeschool year and while we have been doing schoolwork all throughout the summer, we amped things up this fall. Here's what we're doing, loving and hasn't worked out for us. For reference, Beck is 7.5, Tanner is 4 and Tucker is 1.
For an easy break down:
We don't do any formal schooling on the weekend, but we will do hikes or play tourist around the hills.
This summer, we brought on our nanny. I was chatting with my grandma and asked her what she did with all of her kids (including my dad) when she went shopping. Shopping trips were taking me forever and with baby, it was hard to get the amount of stops I needed to make in one outing. She laughed and said she didn't bring them... she dropped the kids off at my great grandmother's place. In fact, my dad chimed in and said he only really remembers one special shopping trip and it was to the suit store looking at fancy outfits in a store downtown Yankton. After that conversation, I decided to hire a nanny. We don't have family here that live in town (my in-laws both live about an hour away) and they both still work. My husband has a really unreliable work schedule, so a nanny was the best option. It's honestly been great and I don't feel so burned out by the end of the week.
We decided to hire a private teacher and she started this fall. We have her for four hours each week and while I wanted three days a week (two hours each session), we couldn't make it work between her schedule and ours. I do see the value of education outside of the home. From speech and occupational therapy to now having a private educator, for us, it's beneficial to have them learn and take instruction from someone else other than me. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. Plus, with the rise in homeschooling numbers across the nation, I believe private educators running their own business is going to be the future for those wanting to make education their career choice.
The curriculums we are doing:
Good and Beautiful for Math and Handwriting
Berean Builders for Science
KiwiCo Box for Geography and pre-k learning (Koala) for Tanner
All About Reading for Language Arts found on Timberdoodle
I posted a fun update about Beck on my social media and I received sooo many questions about the detox we’re doing, because his progress has been amazing! I’ll first share the post and then below, post our routine. I do want to remind everyone that we did see a doctor and he has a team of therapists (although we are currently in transition to a new team with our move). I’ve met several families that have had similar experiences like ours but, again, please chat with your doctor before starting you child on supplements.
It’s been a minute since I’ve shared an update on Beck. Many of you know but for those that don’t, Beck has been diagnosed with SPD and Verbal Apraxia. He’s unofficially diagnosed with autism, although I believe it will most likely be categorized as Asperger’s as he gets older. In December, he was unable to answer a basic question about himself like “What’s your name?” and never told us he was sad or thought something was cool. His ‘self-awareness’ wasn’t there. He didn’t sing, couldn’t count to ten, didn’t say color names and had a really hard time with social cues and anxiety. While we were making progress through therapy and appropriate supplements, as recommended by his doctor and team, we were starting to plateau and I could tell he was getting really frustrated (which I assume comes with age). Our doctor had recommended doing a heavy metal detox when we initially started doing tests, but I had decided to just take things slow. In January, I decided to try it out and see if it helped at all. For me the goal isn’t to fix him, but rather help him thrive. Everything he gets are according to deficiencies his body has and needs supplementing, which has been determined via bloodwork and samples. The detox was explained to me like a pipe cleaner, removing any build up that might be causing his mitochondria and cells to not fully absorb his vitamins. Personally, I have always felt way better with detoxes and cleanses so when a friend started her detox, I was intrigued, started asking questions and decided to give it a try as she started feeling more revived. It’s been six months since we’ve started and here’s all of his gains:
You can find a background story on Beck’s initial plan by clicking here. We have since switched a few products with different brands and cut back as he has developed and caught up. I try to keep everything really simple. He gets a glass of juice, and we hide his vitamins in the juice. It’s important to have high quality vitamins that don’t contain more toxins and fillers, otherwise you’re just wasting your time and money. Here’s the line up:
Until next time! xo