Did you just hear the sound of Jen & I exhaling?
Don’t worry! Everything is fine!
This is what’s going on:
Jen and I just returned from a meeting with the Principal of the school where Sam attends school. We have informed him that Sam will no longer be attending the school this year and that we are going to be embarking on home schooling him.
Here’s the great thing about this Principal… He was supportive and agreed with our decision. The one thing that really stood out was his comment that he made about seeing videos and photos of Sam this summer (we follow each other on Instagram). He said “When I started seeing how expressive he was in the pictures and photos, the way he smiles so wide, I realized that this was a side of Sam I never really saw at school.”
That was profound to hear and a testament to just how amazing this man is… He IS a champion for the kids and we will miss our daily interaction with him.
I cannot begin to tell you just how huge the relief was for Jen and I. To have the support from a respected educator means the world to us.
So here we go!
We are doing this!
We are going to do our best to document the adventure because I hope that it may help someone else out there? If anything, it’ll help to have a platform for us to share information, ideas, and get feedback.
In all of the research into ‘home schooling’ a special needs child we had been drawn to a movement that is called ‘Unschooling’ but once we dug deeper into this movement, we decided that there isn’t a specific formula we can follow because Sam is… well… Sam.
So Jen came up with the term “Sam Schooling” and I dig it so that’s what we’re going to call it.
So here’s a basic overview of what we’ll be doing (and I will get into more detail on the day to day as we move forward into the Fall):
- Physical Fitness – This will happen daily, several times throughout the day. There will be lots of nature walks, hikes, swimming instruction, climbing on play structures, and more.
- Therapies – We’ll be assembling a team of therapists to provide Sam with private Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy.
- Sam’s Team – We have folks who will come regularly throughout the week and they will work with him on reading, taking him on field trips, working on epic art projects & so much more.
You may be wondering why we have decided to embark on this adventure?
For the past 2 years we have noticed that, while Sam does ‘well’ at school, he is not thriving. While Sam’s developmental delays result in delayed academic achievements, the main concern came from the fact that he was not thriving. Sam’s senses were overloaded when a classmate would have an emotional outburst (he is and has been an intense empath) and one of these episodes would derail him emotionally & behaviorally for days.
When Sam is at home during the Summer (or even during long breaks from school) we have noticed that his development explodes by leaps and bounds. So naturally, this path we decided to take seems really promising.
What it all comes down to is this… It is simply not possible for the school district to work with us on the type of educational plan that would really help Sam. They do not have the resources or staffing to provide the kind of specialized instruction that our son needs to thrive. So we’re doing it our way.
We look forward to sharing this journey with you!