Monday, November 30, 2009
Does homeschool and special needs mix?
I have always prayed about homeschooling our children. When Jaiden was dx with autism, I guess I assumed home school wasn't for him, but I kept praying for his schooling and the other boys. Well, God let me know, that YES, he wants us to home school. OK, that sounded fine to me, Jaiden has an excellent teacher and is offered such great programs at school, and our other boys need whats best for them also. Problem solved! Whoa....wait just a minute (1 1/2 years later) God gently reminded me that He gave me His answer and it was to home school our boys.... did that just mean the ones that are easier for me? I don't think so. Jaiden is just as much a part of our family as the other boys, he is loved just as much, we want to share our moments as a family with him, he is just as sweet and precious, he can even be just as big of a toot, and in the end we want him to know God and to love God as his main focus. Even though he does have a great teacher, God revealed to me that being with them for 7 hrs a day, God is not brought up not even once. AND, yes Jaiden is doing well, but how much more could he thrive being in his home where he is comfortable, surrounded by people he loves and that love him! I'm not going to lie, I am scared. On the day when I acknowledged His voice, He led me right where to start with Jaiden and let me know that He will take care of the rest when we get there. The last thing that I prayed for that day, was to let Dan know the same thing about homeschooling Jaiden. I would gently bring it up and see where it goes. I told Dan, he was pretty silent about it and prayed about it the next day. That night when he got home from work, he said, "Jeana, lets do it!" I think it would be WONDERFUL!" So there you have it folks. God can get His point across....if I just slow down and listen.