[dropcap style="font-size: 70px; color: #9b9b9b;"] I [/dropcap] don’t understand why homeschooling gets such a bad rap in the food allergy community. Yes, it’s unfair that many think it should be the only form of education for those with special needs, like those with food allergies. To be honest, at the beginning of our food allergy journey, that’s how I felt.
It was difficult to fathom the idea of sending my incredibly allergic little lady into a school cafeteria day after day. This naturally sparked my curiosity about homeschooling. I began researching what homeschooling was all about when Maya was only one. I had strong views of what a good education looked like and was fueled by my distaste for my own education in the public school system.
I found all sorts of methods for education at home and the more I learned the more I believed it was the right path for our family. I researched for years just to make sure.
I found all sorts of mehods for education at home and the more I learned the more I believed it was the right path for our family. The freedom and flexibility in curriculum and our days is incredibly appealing to me. Our days are not dictated by the local school system. We can learn at our own pace. If one kiddo needs a little extra time on a subject it’s no problem to slow down because the other kiddo can move more quickly if they wish.
Why I Though We Should Home School:
- The freedom and flexibility in curriculum and scheduling is incredibly appealing to me.
- Our days are not dictated by the local school system.
- We can learn at our own pace.
- If one kiddo needs a little extra time on a subject it’s no problem to slow down because the other kiddo can move more quickly if they wish.
- We can cover material as thoroughly as we need to and follow wild tangents to learn as much as possible if we want.
- The added bonus of keeping my children safe was a definite bonus, but only that, not the main point.
I knew I wanted to home school our children and was very lucky to have a husband that supported my ideas .
We ‘schooled’ all the time through our daily lives. Maya had an alphabet place mat, we read a LOT with all of our nebulizer treatments, and we had the traditional alphabet magnets. Teaching the alphabet, numbers, phonics and such came naturally to both of us so the transition to actually sitting down to do schoolwork was not a big jump.
After years of research we began our homeschooling journey in earnest 2 years ago. Maya and Jesse both started second grade at the beginning of 2012 and Joshua is working on preschool material so he can ‘do school too’.
The flexibility in schedules was extremely important last year with all of Maya’s doctor’s appointments and her frequent assortment of procedures. My husband also has a varied work schedule so we are able to meld our school days around the days he has off.
All of this to say if you are dealing with food allergies, please don’t automatically discount homeschooling. It’s a valid option that you need to thoroughly evaluate before you decide it’s taboo.
The decision to home school is very personal and most definitely not for everyone, but please don’t take it off the table completely.