As we started adopting children who were medically fragile and had special needs, I saw how beneficial it was to keep them home and help them learn in ways I saw that they learned best. I am not totally against public schooling. William and Faith Anne went to their preschool program, for children with special needs. This is just what has always worked for our family, our children. It has often been a long, hard, road for me, with a lot of work on my end but they have all blossomed and done very well. If I had it to do all over again, I would do it the same way in a heart beat. The results, by the grace of God, has been well worth the hard work it took.
Zeke has always done very well too. He has autism and the best way for him to learn is on the computer or using manipulatives. He has always been a good boy and worked his hardest for me. There is A LOT of repetition to his work, to get him to learn the simplest of things but he works hard and is very obedient. There were years, when he was younger, that his behaviors were hard to work with but over the years, he has matured and learned to cope and handle so much, without melt downs and repetitive type, self stem, behaviors. He is not a hard child to have in our home or to home school because he tries so hard to please me. I have always enjoyed working with him because of his determination and interest he shows, whether he understands or not.
Over the last few years, I noticed that Zeke had really stagnated in his learning. He has the mentality of a five year old. We have been doing Kindergarten and first grade work for the last three years. He just can not seem to get past this level. He was also becoming more and more withdrawn into only wanting to make videos in his spare time. If he is working on a video and we try to get him to come start schooling, come to a meal or do his chores, he would get very upset and take a long time to get into a good mood again. He was grumpy a lot as he just wants to play alone.
I have always hated it when people say to me that because my children are home schooled they are not well socialized. First, we have a huge family that excels in constant talking and communicating. Secondly, we do home school functions, with other families, when we can. Lastly, we try to encourage the deep interest of our children, if they have any, so my girls do ballet and William does archery. Zeke however, has not ever found a niche or outlet he has enjoyed, that would get him out. He just wants to stay home and not socialize outside our family. I felt he does need something more than what we have for him here. Tim and I had prayed all last year about this and heard of the program at our local school for children with autism. The more we heard, the more I knew that this is what would be best for Zeke, if he qualified. When school started back this year, I signed the necessary paper work to have him tested. They did the whole psychological work up and extensive testing. They came out to the house and observed him in our home. Finally, all the test results and opinions were in. In January we had a meeting with the school system and they said Zeke did qualify for this program.
Zeke does not like change, so Tim and I have been talking about this school program with him every since this school year started. He did not want to go at first but by the time the holidays hit, he was starting to think about it and looking forward to possibly going.
One of the hardest things for us, is that we have all missed him terribly. Especially Carolyn, as they are very close in age and very bonded to each other.
The other thing is he has missed his dog a little. She has lived in his arms for the last eight years.
So far we have been very impressed and excited to see all the things they are doing daily with Zeke and how well he is adjusting. We thank God that this program is available for him. We are very excited about his future.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.