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Where are the homeschool mitochondriacs?

Discussion in 'Optimal Kids' started by ValerieBee, May 13, 2018.

  1. ValerieBee

    ValerieBee Radical Mitochondriac

    I want to homeschool this coming year. My kiddo is 5, did FT K, against my best intentions. He had cancer in 2017, and I had a newborn and had just lost my mom (also to cancer). I could not homeschool because I needed a break from constant intense caretaking. But homeschooling was my intent when he was born. I honestly feel like enrolling him in school was more traumatic to me than hearing he had cancer. I know that sounds totally insane, but it is how I felt. I KNEW he would get through cancer, though I didn't know how. I found this forum, we did all we could, and he is now 1 year cancer free. I am back on track to homeschool. I don't want him in the soup of EMFs and blue lights, and minimal recess/outdoor time all day, without control of what he's eating (i pack his lunch, but the school gives him random food bc he doesn't have medical dietary restrictions, also he'll buy things from the cafeteria and they don't stop him if he says he doesn't have a lunch). I want to preserve his strong spirit, and not have him be stifled into the messages society generally gives people. With his medical diagnosis, I was the one in theory with the legal right to say what happened to him on a day to day basis. I was by his side almost 24/7 (and when I wasn't his dad was). That's not true in education.

    So the other day I asked, "What do you want to learn about this summer?" He said "Water. And molecules." Great!! That is perfect. Summer is a great time for hands on water-themed education. "What do you want to know about water and molecules?" He put his hands up at a right angle and said "I want to know why water is stuck when it's in ice? Why can't it move?" He's 5. I seriously started crying. I was so happy to hear such a question. I've made everything a teachable moment for him, and he clearly has listened. So the next morning I pulled out my copy of 4th Phase of Water to put together a curriculum, and was super delighted to be reminded of all the "basic" questions at the beginning that challenge our assumptions about water. Some of them overlapped with my lesson plan brainstorm. Water is such a PERFECT theme to start with--history, science, challenging dogma, experimentation, weather patterns, biology.. it's everywhere, and so many opportunities for cool hands-on lessons!

    So I'm looking for like-minded homeschoolers. I know you're out there! Wanna share resources? What are your favorite? Homeschooling affords so much opportunity to challenge dogma, but I don't want to reinvent the wheel with lesson plans, etc, if there's already something great out there! What have you learned, what are your challenges? Let's connect. Homeschooling is such a fantastic way to help our kids be optimal. I remember my days in school asking constantly if we could have class outside.......I can provide that for my sons.
  2. Jenelle

    Jenelle Evolving

    I love your spirit. :)

    I homeschooled our 3 boys for seven years. They are just finishing their second year in public school ~ they entered for 4th, 6th, and 9th grades. It was just the right time for all of us. Seasons change.

    I had the same concerns you do. I cried like a baby after they all got on the bus that day. So I completely understand. It was always in my heart to homeschool and I was passionate about it ~ until I wasn't anymore. It has been a good move for all of us & they have done great.

    So while I'm not a homeschooling mom anymore, I do share your passion for knowledge, and we still have so many great conversations and a love of learning here. I will be cheering you on from afar!

    Very happy to hear your son is cancer-free, and so glad you are here, doing all of these things that so many people never even think about. Congrats!
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  3. Linz

    Linz New Member

    Hello Valerie,
    Is there anything similar to the Forest School Association near you? www.forestschoolassociation.org
    These schools are becoming very popular in the UK. Usually run as places where children from normal schools can go on a regular basis but a new forest nursery is being set up near us, aiming for the children to be outdoors for 80% of their time. Just thought the website might give you some ideas to make homeschooling less isolated.

    For the water learning I once took part in a group water activity that involved building a wet clay 'canal' and then the group pushed the clay into river shapes while water flowed through it. Drops of dye highlighted the water flow in different places - lots of things to see and learn and I'm sure children would absolutely love it.
  4. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

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  5. ValerieBee

    ValerieBee Radical Mitochondriac

    Thank you so much for this link. My kiddo is having some mental health issues, and we're having trouble finding a person to help him. It's either insurance issues or I've been told straight out the therapist doesn't feel equipped to help a child who has gone through cancer. Calling insurance again today to try to appeal for an exception for the docs he worked with on the onco floor. Oddly, when he was inpatient, they'd cover it. The insurance won't cover the exact same docs outpatient.
  6. ValerieBee

    ValerieBee Radical Mitochondriac

    This is so awesome, thank you. I have seen some outdoor based ed programs, but nothing is very close to me at the moment. I'm reaching out to local homeschoolers and trying to forge connections.

    Love the canal idea--actually he was just building canals at a creek behind his grandfather's house. Adding the dye is a good idea. We talked about erosion :)
  7. ValerieBee

    ValerieBee Radical Mitochondriac

    I'm wondering also about whether an issue with myelination might be seen on MRIs my kiddo has already had done, or if I should ask about this in the event they ever recommend another. He's had 2 done on his head over the last 2 years. We clearly want to avoid any scans that are not necessary, so wondering if perhaps I can ask docs to review the most recent scans. The report doesn't say anything about this, of course. But this paper http://www.americanchildneurologyuae.com/ar/files/neurological-diseases/NEURORADIOLOGY/leukomri.pdf makes me think the info is already in the scan, and I could ask for a specialist to review it?
  8. ValerieBee

    ValerieBee Radical Mitochondriac

    @Linz I was just inspired to search again, and lo and behold there's something new out there! Posting here, in case any other US families interested: http://forestschoolforall.com/map/. AND I just noticed the closest local groups are each about an hour away..... So I could start a local group, incorporate this into homeschooling, AND have a paid gig going on :) Thank you so much for your post @Linz
  9. Linz

    Linz New Member

    That's a great idea! I'm really glad the website was helpful.
  10. Valsun12

    Valsun12 New Member

    Anyone familiar or heard of the Online -->School at @Home platform? Curious if anyone has signed up their kids, if they like the results and flexibility of this online homeschooling community?
  11. ValerieBee

    ValerieBee Radical Mitochondriac

    Will look more into this. Intriguing, but i have read some scathing critiques of David Avocado Wolf. I have not looked into that specifically because i never needed to. My research has never less me to his work our articles beyond a cursory headline that didn't have much substance...maybe that's my answer here :) the program sure looks lovely though!
  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your child having cancer! I can't even imagine!
    Have you heard about Waldorf? Its big in Germany, but I also think there are stuff in the US and I think some people follow that as a homeschool curriculum.
    I've considered homeschooling, but that would mean I would have to switch countries because it is not allowed in Germany. If it doesn't work out at Waldorf- no wifi and no tablets, I might move and homeschool.
  13. Inger

    Inger Silver

    Erin, at least a few years ago homeschooling was allowed in Germany, because I knew people who did it... are you sure it is not anymore?
  14. I know there is a work around in Austria, but Im sure its not. Especially because people on the board move to france for this reason. I know from my job that even kids that are massively disabled or autistic and the parents would like to provide their education are not allowed to do it- even if they hire a professional.

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