I had a meeting with the school counsellors last week about Gregory. They want us to go do sensory tests to get them diagnosed.
We do not think it is necessary. Yet I felt compelled to watch my older kids closely these two weeks.
On the plus side, which further reinforces the no need for tests etc, is the fact that our son is interacting much easier with people, even those he does not know or not know well. In fact, for those of you who know him, will agree that he tends to be possessive of toys etc. Well, I am seeing how that is changing a lot; and how this normally also happens on how he views a person. So if he feels that person will not take good care of his toys he is unlikely to let them play; but if he feels comfortable enough that they will not break them, he is fine to let them go ahead and play- which I think it is fair enough, although he needs to learn to not have toys around children he does not feel comfortable sharing them with.
A couple weeks ago, despite in a clumsy and not usual way, he tried to befriend a girl at the swings. He still needs to learn the skills of befriending but that is such a big step forward. So, all in all, I only see progress and it continues to show how his sensory issues (which probably we all have up to a degree) are not hindering his growth or school interaction as they believe!
They had also asked me how Maya views school. She always tells us how she loves school. In truth she does: does enjoy spending time with friends, learning and her teachers.
Yet there is that something which does not allow her to be herself! She increasingly have been telling me on different occasions how she can’t be sad at school, or sick, or cough due to allergy and I literary see her put up a smile just before meeting up her friends. Which is very sad. I would love to know why she can’t be herself! It struck me hard when two weeks ago the story telling session got cancelled. I told her that and immediately she pasted a smile on her face. It reminded me, that I do the same in face of unpleasant things!
So let me reiterate, school for my kids is reaching the goal of teaching them the academics BUT it is not reaching their soul and love for life and diversity and THAT is why we want to homeschool. So our children can grow lovingly and harmoniously from the inside to the outside without compromising anything.