Grassroots support for Awesomism

When I was thinking about what I wanted to write for my next blog, many ideas popped into my head. One of the struggles is to make sure my topic means something to others, not just myself. Having a grassroots background, I know finding that commonality among others is important. I truly believe that if a blog even touches just one family, I consider it a success. I know first hand the ups and downs of living day by day with Awesomism, and sometimes just a kind word can help! I have had my share of days where I just wanted, needed advice, a shoulder etc…from another Awesomism Parent who had been through what I was going through. Continue reading

Why Homeschool gets a grade A from us!

We homeschool Peyton. I have since he started school. Many people ask me if I started homeschooling with him because he is autistic? My response is No. I actually homeschooled all three of my older children also.

I am a strong believer in homeschooling, but I also know it isn’t for everyone. I personally found it a great venue for my kids.

My older kids were under an umbrella school as well as taking classes in a class setting. They were in a “homeschool school” that was classical education.

They had plenty of social time and other activities, not to mention great classes. It was somewhat amusing to me that others had opinions on how I should raise and educate my kids, yet never took the time to actually find out what umbrella schools and other such venues are! In fact now that homeschooling is becoming more mainstream, the amount available to families is almost overwhelming! Continue reading

My Doorbell’s Smarter Than Your Doorbell…by Mark

Lynne and I are lucky. Peyton can take care of himself for short times  He can straighten his room, take out the trash, do the dishes, feed and walk the dogs and other life skills we’ve worked with him on.  He can cook for himself and occasionally for us. He knows not to leave the burners on the stove on, and has occasionally busted me for forgetting to turn off the burner. Since he is homeschooled, he has a schedule that he adheres to that begins most mornings with a 10 minute workout to clear some of the cobwebs and get the blood flowing. Then it’s on to his workbooks, reading or online classes from websites like Coursera or Khan Academy, with a couple of breaks including for lunch, and then winding up with chores and or playing with his friend Josh. Continue reading