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    Good morning, ladies.

    I'm a farm homemaker homeschooling with 7 children (6 at home): a married daughter, a collegiate daughter, a high achieving 16 yr. daughter, a special needs 16 yr. son, a strong willed 9 yr. son, a delayed 6 yr. son. & and smart but barely verbal 4 yr. son. All my sons come from traumatic backgrounds that makes for a very complex and discordant home life that we are trying to bring into truth & beauty. Having finalized the adoption of the boys all at one time last fall, I'm recovering from the weird world of secular social, judicial, and educational systems: foster care, social workers, counselors, mandatory biological family visits, CASA representatives, court appointed attorneys, psychologists, check-the-box medical care, mandatory public school, speech therapy, IEP's, and Special Ed. I've almost forgotten what our family goals and priorities are!

    And that brings me here! I've been struggling to find encouragement and support. My work with secular helpers has left me frustrated as most of their solutions are for 1 or 2 child families. I have one large family in my area has some awareness of special needs through an uncle with downs syndrome, and they are precious to me. BUT it is not the same a mixed ability school time. I found the forum and read through several threads. I was encouraged and sympathetic by turns to the point of tears several times, some out of sheer relief that some other families are like mine!

    Thank you, Thank you, ladies! You have already blessed me so much by just being here, sharing your lives. I was right where one of you were in expressing that she just wanted to send their kids off to school to get a break, even knowing that wouldn't be the best for the child. Now I'm excited again about building a family and training kids!

    God bless you,
    Rae
    Rae

    DD16 MP11
    DS16 11th grade SPed charter, MP3
    DS9 MP 3
    DS7 MP Jr K
    DS4 MP Jr K

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    Re: New Here

    Welcome! Many of us know that eery gray-building world of accessing services via tedious paperwork and repetitive but necessary "hoops," even as we prefer to see our children as the whole, fascinating people they are and always will be.

    We have several large families here, some with more than one child with special needs, and we have several adoptive families. We hope to be continued support for you as you find your way with your boys.

    Thank you for posting --
    Cheryl

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      #3
      Re: New Here

      Welcome!! I have been so encouraged by the ladies here, too. We are an adoptive family as well...my 2 precious kiddos with special needs are both adopted and have both been fairly significantly impacted by trauma. It’s been a wild ride, but we take it a day at a time. I have been beyond blessed by this forum and curriculum and Cheryl’s book. I look forward to “chatting” here online. (Oh, also, we live on an off the grid Ranch, so I hear you on homesteading, which so often adds another dynamic to our days!)
      Emily J

      2018-2019 School Year
      DD (11)-MP 5 core
      DD (9)-SC 4
      DD (8)-MP 2 core
      DS (6)-SC B

      *Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task but you will succeed if you persevere: and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to obtain something beautiful is ever lost. ~Helen Keller*

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        #4
        Re: New Here

        I love it when new-Forum moms are blessed by our crazy vocation here . It validates our work. Welcome! We are blessed to have *you*.

        We don’t homestead, but we have a little veggie garden, are surrounded by cattle fields and farm land, and can *see* homesteaders from our back yard. Does that count?
        Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
        Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
        Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
        Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

        “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
        ~Pope St John Paul II

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          #5
          Re: New Here

          Anita, get those kids some chickens and I think you qualify.
          Married to DH for 13 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

          DS10- Simply Classical 4 / Grade 3 Classic Core,
          DD8- Grade 2 Classic Core,
          DD 6- Classic Core Kindergarten

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            #6
            Re: New Here

            Originally posted by Colomama View Post
            Anita, get those kids some chickens and I think you qualify.
            Can’t. HOA. (Sad face) We’d have chickens, a horse and a couple goats if we didn’t have an HOA to contend with (and if I had married someone who actually goes outside ). Our little town is funny: we can ride our bikes less than a mile West and get to the grocery store; East (the back yard) is Nowheresville. We live at the drop-off of civilization (which is just fine with me!). But, alas, no chickens allowed.
            Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
            Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
            Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
            Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

            “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
            ~Pope St John Paul II

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              #7
              Re: New Here

              Originally posted by MrsRae View Post
              Good morning, ladies.

              I'm a farm homemaker homeschooling with 7 children (6 at home): a married daughter, a collegiate daughter, a high achieving 16 yr. daughter, a special needs 16 yr. son, a strong willed 9 yr. son, a delayed 6 yr. son. & and smart but barely verbal 4 yr. son. All my sons come from traumatic backgrounds that makes for a very complex and discordant home life that we are trying to bring into truth & beauty. Having finalized the adoption of the boys all at one time last fall, I'm recovering from the weird world of secular social, judicial, and educational systems: foster care, social workers, counselors, mandatory biological family visits, CASA representatives, court appointed attorneys, psychologists, check-the-box medical care, mandatory public school, speech therapy, IEP's, and Special Ed. I've almost forgotten what our family goals and priorities are!

              And that brings me here! I've been struggling to find encouragement and support. My work with secular helpers has left me frustrated as most of their solutions are for 1 or 2 child families. I have one large family in my area has some awareness of special needs through an uncle with downs syndrome, and they are precious to me. BUT it is not the same a mixed ability school time. I found the forum and read through several threads. I was encouraged and sympathetic by turns to the point of tears several times, some out of sheer relief that some other families are like mine!

              Thank you, Thank you, ladies! You have already blessed me so much by just being here, sharing your lives. I was right where one of you were in expressing that she just wanted to send their kids off to school to get a break, even knowing that wouldn't be the best for the child. Now I'm excited again about building a family and training kids!

              God bless you,
              Rae
              Rae, if we can help in any way with planning your school year or summer structure, let us know.

              For academics, many large families with multiple special needs choose one SC level. SC 3 seems to work well for olders, SC C for younger ones.

              For summer, we now offer 14-week sets for social skills and more. Entitled Myself & Others: Lessons in Social Understanding, Habits, and Manners. This might be a good place to start with your boys because of their backgrounds. We teach through visual cues and instruction but also through children's literature to impress the lessons more deeply than we could do on our own.

              Let us know how we can help. We are happy you are here!

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                #8
                Re: New Here

                Thank you for all your sweetness and warm welcomes. And your offer for curriculum help. Anita, some days the activity at the bird feeder provides plenty of "animal" interaction!

                I'm soaking up all the information from from the website, forum, and both newsletters. Over my thirteen years homeschooling we've used MP bits and pieces for cursive, latin, and social studies. Now we're using mostly MP for my DD's 10th grade and the full curriculum for the little boys' Jr. K. I'm so thankful I'm not completely new to homeschooling! I'm excited to add in the Myself & Others study, and looking at working gently through the summer to bridge into some of the other learning areas like the reading and spelling.
                Rae

                DD16 MP11
                DS16 11th grade SPed charter, MP3
                DS9 MP 3
                DS7 MP Jr K
                DS4 MP Jr K

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