We are getting ready to head to Philadelphia, even Teddy is getting ready. This trip is going to be an absolute blast. We have 5 days to see the city, and we are going to see as much as we can. We happen to be going to a conference over the weekend, but we still have 4 days to play. We are planning on Philly Cheesesteaks, The Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. We also are going to try to see how coins are made at the US Mint. Last time we were there the mint was done for the day so we did not get to see a whole lot. We are wrapping this trip into our homeschool and we have been studying the formation of America. Today, J and I made lists of what we need to pack and what we need to purchase. I see a trip to Walmart or Target in our near future. Being that the trip is in December, we will need jackets and layers. The high will be around 40 degrees while we are there, and we are used to a high of 70 in the winter. J is super excited and feels that this trip will be a breeze since we recently went to DC. I will post pictures when we get back so that you can see our trip and all the fun we had.
We took a trip to Washington for J’s 10th Birthday. We were able to spend 4 days in our Nations Capitol and we saw as many sites as we could. The Metro was a bit of an overwhelming undertaking, but J got used to it after about the 5th trip. Teddy went with us throughout the city and was caught misbehaving a few times. All in all I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderfully behaved J was. I think the only think that really had J upset through the whole trip was how TSA handled his bag on the way home. A tin spirograph set cause the TSA agents some concern so they went through all of J’s carryons. He was nervous and shaking from the agents manhandling his possessions. I had to explain to the agent that my son has Aspergers and is very protective, and to J that the agent was just doing his job. The agent cleared his bags and we were good to board. J learned that sometimes people have to invade our space. The trip was amazing despite that one hiccup. Here are some pictures from our trip.
There is most assuredly joy in the journey of homeschooling. Sure you are required to instill the facts that come with Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, but what else do you want to make sure your child knows how to do. I was talking to a group of Homeschool moms at a tech conference this weekend and realized that our greatest assignment and test that we give our children is the task to be kind, strong, and to grow into a contributing member of society. These are things that school doesn’t even properly instill. These are lessons that all parents must teach their children, homeschool or not, and these are things that unfortunately, most parents don’t teach. [Read more…]
We had the great pleasure of joining the HomesCool Meetup Group and head over to All Fired Up last week. This amazing pottery place is full of all kinds of creations. You get to pick your piece, paint it, leave it to be fired, and then pick it up about 1 week later. Here is the story of our adventure: [Read more…]
We are homeschooling this year to provide for all of J’s needs. He is a phenomenal learner, provided that there are no distractions. Over the past 4 years we have been through 5 schools, all of which ended up being a not so great fit. Our local public school system provided us little to no support for his actual needs, and put him in an Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD) Program. This system does not allow children with Aspergers to be properly cared for. [Read more…]