Hi there. I am Crystal! I have 3 kids, Nicholas, 7, Brooklyn, 6 and Jonathan, 3 (Nicholas is homeschooled, Brooklyn attends a Charter school and Jonathan attends a Montessori school). Well, where do I even begin. My journey to homeschooling feels like it has only just begun. I began homeschooling my 7 year old son last November. I guess I should start by telling you more of the background first… My 7 year old son has a dual diagnosis of ASD/ADHD and he wasn’t receiving the support that he needed through the school system. He really needed a one-on-one aide inside the classroom, but the school wouldn’t allow him to have one and said he would be at 100% disability and need to be placed in a Special Education classroom which he does not need. He just needed the one on one support. Since I pulled him from the public school system and placed him in home school, he has done amazing. Some days are definitely easier than others. I mean, we have our meltdowns, our easy days, our really hard days, the days I sometimes want to pour myself a glass of wine by noon, but then there are those perfectly amazing days where everything goes smoothly and it makes every hard day just dissipate and you forget the hard and reward all the good. I kind of just teach as I go. I feel like I am still getting the hang of the homeschool life. WE’re getting the groove of things, but then I feel like once we get the groove of things, he outgrows something or things change with him and we change things again. I feel like with ASD/ADHD things are constantly changing for him, so I just try and keep his schedule consistent, lots of breaks, and watch for his body language and give him his sensory bin to try and avoid those meltdowns. Along with homeschooling, his ABA therapists come to the house twice a week and he has therapy at the Center once a week with other kids his age to work on Social situations which I feel is amazing because he doesn’t know how to pick up those social queues sometimes. I am looking forward to learning more about this community and more about homeschool life and curriculum and being the best homeschool mom I can be. I’m potentially thinking about homeschooling the other two as well, but I’m just taking everything one year at a time.