First of all, there seemed to be a mix up with who my credential teacher (CT) was. I made the first point of contact and was told a few days later that Ronin was not her student. Okay. I called the only other contact I had which was his special education facilitator and she confirmed that, in fact, the woman assigned to me was my CT. This was a week and a half before school was to begin and still no contact from any CT. Our family left for the weekend to Aptos, so I mentally had to shelf that whole issue until the Monday before school began.
Come Monday, I thought it would be best to just call the main office and see if they could clear this up. It's now four days before school begins and I have no CT. This is important because without one, I don't have access to any online services and I cannot order curriculum. So, again, I call upon my faithful and super helpful special education facilitator and tell her of my continued conundrum. She personally calls her own contact in the main office and is able to fix my online services issue. So, now at least I can order something for my son to work on during his first day of school. But, now that it's four days before school, I'm probably not even going to have that. All the while, I'm still trying to connect with someone at the main office, but I either get a busy tone or the phone rings and no one picks up. I'm becoming increasingly uneasy about all of this...
Finally on Tuesday afternoon, I get an unknown number on my cell phone and I (uncharacteristically) pick up. It's our originally assigned CT and she lets me know that she just received notice that Ronin was on her caseload list. Yay! But now, I'm three days out and have nada. Zero. Nothing. Also, because of all her other existing student meetings, she can't meet with me until Friday at 2:00pm - the first day of school.
I know that my God is all-sufficient and He planned it this way. So, instead of grumbling and complaining about having some awful first experience at homeschooling, I improvised. We had already been working on his reading and comprehension, so we continued that. I also had been drilling him on his math skills, so we continued that in addition to adding a math app that he loved. I also began a student devotional with him on worship which we began the day with. I also had him read a chapter from one of his reading book series. We also started his audiobook of The Lightening Thief ( the Percy Jackson series) which he thought was way too long. We'll have to work on that one. We ended the day with a read aloud of Stuart Little. Can you tell mom likes to read?
1. I liked doing Math on the iPad.
2. I enjoyed doing the word search (during devotional time).
3. Learning was F U N (what?!)
A pretty good start. Given our lack of materials, we made the best with what we had. In a few weeks, I hope I'll be better equipped and hopefully we will begin getting use to this new routine and schedule. We will also begin his teletherapy with his speech therapist - via a Skype-like link. Lastly, once I get the ordering in, I'll tell you what curriculum we chose for the year. Yay for a good day!