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Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

First Home Educating Anniversary

Tuesday marked our 1 (4)st anniversary as a home educating family. WoW, what a hectic year it has been.

Of course I made the mistake of starting off “doing school at home”, hence we've had our fair share of stress & frustrations trying to address Misha's learning problems. Getting him to sit still long enough to fill out those numerous worksheets or read his readers was a major mission. He would freeze at the mere sight of anything resembling schoolwork.

Last week he finally started asking to read his readers. He has finally discovered his ability to read & his confidence is growing steadily. According to Tannie Hettie, his motor skills are finally on track, his Afrikaans is also improving & by the end of this year he should be totally independent of her assistance. I can only but thank God that we’ve had her all these years…

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Although he still has much resistance to worksheets, today Misha spent many hours reading, making sentences & doing math with “Reader Rabbit” & “Jump Start”. When we told him his was doing “school” this late at night he insisted it’s not school, it’s “learning games”. It seems we’ve found material that works for him & he’s slowly regaining his “love for learning” & for this I’m truly grateful.

What was meant to be merely a year long intervention to get Misha back on track turned out to be the beginning of a whole new journey in our lives. We’re enjoying our new found freedom. It’s so nice not to have to be up early every morning & we’re definitely not missing the early morning peak hour traffic. I so enjoy having the boys home and for most of the time, they are also getting along so much better.

Today I am honestly glad I eventually adhered to Clive’s request to home educate as it turns out in the end it was the best decision we could have made.

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