My 6yo DD is....difficult. We're in the process of evaluating, but suspicions are ADHD, SPD, and possibly OCD. I have been going crazy lately with her and just always feeling like I need a break. Recently I even started considering sending her to ps. I love homeschooling, she loves homeschooling, and she's doing great. But there's still more to it than that and I don't want it hurting our relationship.
Then I heard about a charter school nearby that was opening up a new electives day option. I went to the informational meeting, and came home and enrolled her immediately. We will homeschool 4 days a week. One day a week she will go to the school meeting place, from 9:30 to 3:15. She will have 5 classes, all electives, so I'm still over academics.
Also, they will buy our curriculum for us if we enroll fully, which I did. You don't have to do that part, but then you don't get priority on classes. They purchase any approved core curriculum (and they are working hard to get everything we're each using approved), electives, supplies, and a laptop. The flip side is that I'm now accountable to them. I live in a very low reg state. We just say "I'm homeschooling" and that's that. One time ever, even. Now I will be reporting to her charter school every month. We have to have an "educational plan" with her teacher, submit work samples, and submit to end of year testing.They'll be tracking our hours/days, and checking that we're remaining on the schedule they help us create.
I'm so nervous about this. She's in "the system" now and I HATE submitting to the oversight. If I were in a high reg state I would fly under the radar. I'm trying to accept this as it's something we CHOSE to enroll in and it's all to the charter, not the state (except the testing, which is to prove to the state they deserve to keep funding). But I'm still second guessing myself.
Then I think of the whole day every week that I will get a break from my high needs, always within 3 feet of me, ALWAYS talking, ALWAYS moving, handful of a daughter and I think it will all be worth it.
Am I crazy? This is good for us, right?