I made a very big decision today where Aaron is concerned. It's something I have been thinking of for quite some time, but I was pushed over the edge yesterday when I got him home from school and he sobbed in my arms about one of the other kids at school trying to give him a wedgie with his pull-up and laughing at him in the bathroom yesterday. So, this morning. I went up to the school, and I withdrew him. You read that right. I WITHDREW Aaron from school. They were doing NOTHING to help him there and I really believe that the environment was doing him far more harm than good. I am now officially a Homeschooling Mom.(again) What does that mean for the time being? Well....it means that for now, I'm not even worried about "homeschooling" him. My main concern at this moment is to address his neurological needs, and medical issues, and once we get him to a point where he CAN be home schooled THEN I WILL homeschool him. Does that mean that he sits in front of the TV all day? NO. We are going to do some baking this afternoon and I am going to have him help me measure out ingredients(math), and mix ingredients and see how a liquid and a dry powder can become a pasty substance(science or chemistry I think)....and then we are going to go outside and collect leaves and acorns and pinecones and make a centerpiece(art, science, and nature studies). Then before we pick his brothers up from school we are going to go to the store and shop for stuff for dinner. Aaron will be in charge of writing the list for me(writing), and helping me to weigh and count produce items(math). Am I little nervous about undertaking Homeschooling? Not really. I was homeschooling all 3 boys back 3 years ago. I made it through a whole first 3 months or so of the school year just fine. I would still be homeschooling today if it weren't for my father's death and Bart putting the boys back in Public school while I was gone out of state for the funeral and such. ( I still harbor just a little resentment towards Bart for putting them back in public school during that time but I understand that he felt I would need some time to myself to grieve after I got home, and I did.) I've already got my curriculum all picked out, (Switched On Schoolhouse) along with lots of trips to the library and field trips with the local Homeschool group. I am actually pretty relieved. Seriously. Aaron has been doing TERRIBLE in school for the past few months and I've grown weary of trying to explain to the school that he has a SERIOUS NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION and they need to cut the poor kid some slack. Living in the rural area that we do with a small school district there isn't much of a "special education" program out here....they were inflexible with attendance issues, behavioral problems, and so on and so forth. Now....now more issues for Aaron. He will be home with me where I can care for him. Which is right where he belongs. If all goes well the next few weeks, I plan to go ahead and pull the other two boys out during Christmas Break and homeschool them starting in January as well. It seems unfair to force them to stay in that horrible school while Aaron gets to be home and have daily nurturing with mommy. Well...I'm off to do some baking with Aaron.... Peace!!