Our first year of cyber school is officially over. I declare it a success. The kids declare victory as well.
Let me start with my older son since he was in the “regular” school system the longest. We both learned a lot this year. We learned that despite what everyone else was saying, he does have sensory needs. Brick and mortar school was extremely taxing for him sensory wise. He was holding it together all day, and then coming home to melt down every afternoon. By Spring, he couldn’t hold it together anywhere, and that’s why we were seeing behaviors all over the place.
This year? It wasn’t all sunshine and glitter shitting rainbows, but we didn’t have the daily, “YOU HAVE TO MOVE FASTER OR YOU’LL MISS THE BUS,” yelling in the morning. He was able to sleep in and mornings were SO much better. We also didn’t have the afternoon meltdowns, and the Spring behaviors were less. The team and I are chalking up what we did see to allergies and hormones. Oh the hormones. The teen ‘tude has set up residence. Over all, a win, and we learned more about his learning style.
From his perspective, he’ll tell you he was happy to be challenged, even if he was left very frustrated at times, and he REALLY enjoyed being able to sleep in until 9am. WE ALL really enjoyed that he could sleep in until 9am. Trust me.
Onward and upward to middle school next year.
For the younger one, I had to wonder WTF did they do in the preschool he attended last year? It was a class mixed with kids who had IEPs and kids who did not. He got services in class – supposedly. We got off to a rough start, but by the end of the year, I feel like we made tremendous progress. We still have work to do, but we have everything in place to get it done.
Onward and upward to first grade.
As the adult in all of this, I love that the cyber school is fluid. The boys can move faster where they know the material and we can go slower where they need more help. The little one was able to start the next grade level in one of his courses, and we’ll just pick it up again in the fall when the school calendar starts again.
I’m not saying this is the magic solution for everyone, but boy howdy was this school year so much less stressful for us. Instead of dealing with two schools (because the boys are so spaced in age they’d never be in the same school), I only had to deal with Army bullshit this year. Trust me, there was/is more than enough of that to go around without adding school stuff to it if we can avoid it.