Beauty has always been home schooled. It was a decision Hubs and I made when she was two. When we realized she was a special learner with specific challenges, I sought out the speech therapy she needed but continued to home school her. Even now, she receives speech services through the public school.
Last Wednesday I did what I thought I would never, ever, do: I called the public school's director of ARC and told her I planned on enrolling Beauty in the fall. Since Beauty had already been evaluated by the school to see if she qualified for speech, the special education department is familiar and acquainted with her. They are tickled she will be joining them come August.
You may be asking why the change in heart. Well, my heart has not changed. I still think home schooling is the best form of education.....for most children. I have every intention of home schooling Buck. Beauty LOVES going to see Ms. Payton for speech on Fridays. She loves walking through the school and getting glimpses of the other kids. Last year she got to know the teacher of the FMD unit, and still asks about her. I think the school will provide an atmosphere in which she will thrive. Having met her teacher, the aids and all the special ed staff, I know she will be in good hands. I also greatly appreciate their respecting my decision to home school, without once ever trying to talk me out of it.
One of my biggest concerns was Beauty getting lost within the "special ed bubble" and the possible esteem issues surrounding that. Honestly though, I am not sure she will even be aware that she is in a "special class", or even care. She spends so much time in her own little fantasy world, she hardly notices the other children. Let's not forget that I have felt called to home school, so obviously do not want to go outside God's will. The last few days, though, I have a strong sense that He is telling me it is time for Beauty to enter this next stage. I must trust in the fact that she belongs to Him and He loves her more than even I do. Beauty is a special child with a unique future. I will do whatever He leads me to do concerning what is best for her.
It is very likely Beauty will spend some time at the school, getting acclamated to their routine before the school year ends. I welcome this orientation.