While living in this new world of Covid19 I found a passion for teaching my children with autism. School started for my girls August 17. Two girls are middle schoolers and one is a high schooler. They attend school online now. It is not working for us as a family. I had a hard time getting all three girls on the school schedule. There are 3 start times that stagger on top of each other. One teacher wants to meet at 8 in the morning. Another teacher wants to meet at 9:30 and the other at 10. Its noted in their schedule that morning work last 15 to 30 minutes. So I’ve had a huge scheduling conflict due to the fact that my girls can not do online work independently.
Speaking of conflicting schedules, I am building my life to care for myself and my family first. I’m managing a new work schedule now that I am assisting my friend with her business. Homelessness, Autism and Kidney Disease have taught my family and I that Health and Wellness is our first priority. Exercise and healthy eating is a class all by itself that I manage for everyone in my family. As the leader in this family I hold that torch and if I backslide or fail to give our health attention my whole family is impacted.
I enjoy teaching my children life skills. I loved it when the girls went to an actual school location. But we were missing attention on what a human must do to prepare for school. It’s great that we can focus on what matters most and make it fun. I get to chart their progress based on their responsibility first.
I’ve made the time to teach my children when I realized school was done for the year in the early spring. I’ve homeschooled my children for the summer since we left New York 8 years ago. I homeschooled out of necessity in the past. My girls don’t want to be idle. With their autism the girls energy can be turned into a mess that they learn from. Now that Covid19 has put me in a position to be the sole provider of their education I’m focused. Homeschooling is a way of life. I’m the teacher and I love it. This is one of the best decisions I’ve made with my life. I get to add my loving touch to enrich my children’s lives. I’m giving them every lesson I can from now on. I discovered a love for teaching my girls and there is no turning back. My involvement with their education is the best its ever been. I’m turning this opportunity into something AUSOME.