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    This will be our 1st yr homeschooling due to the fact that our school district refuses to put our special needs son in a program that would be the best for him. They want to mainstream him with an aide 2 hours a day and reevaluate the situation in 6 weeks. Our sons specialists have told us that 1 day would be detrimental to our son. Being new to this we aren't sure what is required in IL. What information, if any do we have to give to the district? How do we know what grade level we should be working with him at. I have so many questions but can't even begin to ask all of them, Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Our son is 5 by age but behind. Where do we start? Please help.

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    Default Welcome Debbie

    Good Morning, I am so glad you are here. (((Big Welcome)))

    As a mom with three (of four) sons who have special needs I can totally relate to your fear and frustration. Our mama hearts have to collide with sterile rules and regulations and it's hard.

    Let me encourage you by saying that your child is going to do great. I know that because it's obvious that you are going to be his strongest advocate.

    You will find that being the mom to special needs children has us making more decisions than those with typical learners. It's okay though because you are the perfect parent for your child and there is no one who can love them more or do a better job!

    As far as your legal rights in Indiana? The best place to start would be on our INDIANA FORUM where you will meet other homeschoolers from your state. They will be able to answer your state specific questions and give you information about support groups and other resources.

    Curriculum wise, just jump in! I would start your son where you think he is working and give it a try. With Time4Learning you will have the option to go down or up one full grade level on your own by click a button at the top of the page. If you end up having to move either way (Up or down) just contact Time4Learning and they will make that a permanent change for you. The customer service here is excellent and very fast.

    We found Tme4Learning as we were beginning our tenth year of home education and it was truly life changing. My sons with CAPD who had struggled with math went up more than they ever had. We found that the strong interactive graphics helped information stick in the brain so they could build. Three years later and it is now our core program. You might want to add penmanship.

    Remember to pause and breathe, everything is going to be fine. It's just a lot of work and waiting while getting started. Please feel free to come here and share your concerns, triumphs and ask questions any time.

    Here is an article that shares "TIPS to working with a child who is below grade level."

    You CAN do this Debbie!!!!

    Mary, Child of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ! Wife to best friend and Mama to her four boys 91, 96, 00, 02, Homeschooling since 1998! Come visit us on our blog! http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/MamaMary/

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    Thank you so much for your response, kind words and support. When we explained to our little guy in terms we thought he would understand, that he was going to stay at home but have school at home, he became very excited. He asks pretty much every day when is school going to start and we tell him when his brother who is 7 starts school. He will be going to a regular brick and mortar school. There has already been talk of Mekhi possibly having to be put residential when he gets older and when this conversation is started we tell them when and if we come to that bridge then we will talk about it then. Right now all we ask is that we all work together as a team to help Mekhi reach whatever potential he can. If we don't all work as a team then no matter who they are would be set up for failure. We will not allow this for our son and I'm sure none of you would either. Again thank you.

    Debbie

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    Quote Originally Posted by KHI SCHOOL View Post
    Thank you so much for your response, kind words and support. When we explained to our little guy in terms we thought he would understand, that he was going to stay at home but have school at home, he became very excited. He asks pretty much every day when is school going to start and we tell him when his brother who is 7 starts school. He will be going to a regular brick and mortar school. There has already been talk of Mekhi possibly having to be put residential when he gets older and when this conversation is started we tell them when and if we come to that bridge then we will talk about it then. Right now all we ask is that we all work together as a team to help Mekhi reach whatever potential he can. If we don't all work as a team then no matter who they are would be set up for failure. We will not allow this for our son and I'm sure none of you would either. Again thank you.

    Debbie
    Oh Debbie,

    I love your mother heart. You talk with your children so well. You bring peace to an unknown and scary situation. I am praying for you guys this morning. (((Big Hugs)))
    Mary, Child of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ! Wife to best friend and Mama to her four boys 91, 96, 00, 02, Homeschooling since 1998! Come visit us on our blog! http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/MamaMary/

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    Hello Debbie,

    We are also in Illinois and homeschool due to similar issues you described. Illinois is a great state to homeschool in! Depending on where you live, there are many homeschool groups and coops that can help you round out your homeschooling experience.

    My son is autistic and we thought that all he really needed was a one-on-one, but now that we have been homeschooling for a while, we know that even that would not have met his needs.

    We did start him at first grade level (even though he was in K when we started) because he could already read. Working at his own pace, he has recently caught up to he age level (ending 3rd grade now). He is proud of himself and we love seeing how he processes what he learns and applies it to what ever he is doing.

    We have also come to the realization that our guy probably will need to live in a group home type setting when he gets older. We have decided that we will continue to talk about it, but if he wants to stay with us, of course we welcome that, too. It will depend on how much independence he feels he wants when that time comes. We know that he will be able to contribute to society (work in some capacity) but he won't be able to be totally independent. He still needs help with the basic ADLs at the age of 9.

    The T4L homeschooling info page for Illinois is here. Good luck and enjoy watching your little man bloom!
    Sandra
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    Sandra,

    It is so good to hear how the Lord has led you. I know you were praying and waiting and it must feel good to have direction. I love your plan and how surrendered you are to what's best for Timmy.
    Mary, Child of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ! Wife to best friend and Mama to her four boys 91, 96, 00, 02, Homeschooling since 1998! Come visit us on our blog! http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/MamaMary/

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