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Hello, everyone! I am new to Classical, though I've done Charlotte Mason when my oldest few were younger. Then we switched to more unschooling/relaxed, and the past few months we've been doing a little more trending toward traditional. I just got The Well-Trained Mind from the library and loved the first half so much, I bought it. LOL I'm just not sure how on earth to do this. I have 10 children, 17 down to 5. 5 of them are internationally adopted, so they are pretty far behind their typical grade levels plus some special needs going on (trying to figure all of those out). My 5 bio kids also have some special needs (ADHD/giftedness, ASD/ADHD/anxiety, anxiety/dyslexia, and jury's still out on the other 2 but obvious there is something). Am I crazy for even wanting to attempt something like Classical? How can I make this work? I am feeling like I need to do some remedial reading work with all 10 (my oldest is the dyslexic), and even though she has her own track trying to graduate on time next year and then go on to become an astrophysicist, she is, for the first time in her life, asking for direction, schedules, and a bit more "thinking matter." Tips, suggestions, advice all welcome! Thank you!
If you are an adoptive parent of a child with defiance issues or you have personally heard an adoptive parent in that situation talk about it, how has it come up in your homeschooling and what, if anything have you done to deal with it? If you have both homeschooled and sent your child to an institutional setting, what caused you to make the change? How did the transition go? What issues came up in the institutional school and how did you deal with them? If your child started out in an institutional school and you decided to homeschool, what issues prompted it? How did the transition go? What issues came up at home and how have you dealt with them?
I was wondering if some members of the Hive would be able to help me out. I am currently looking into adoption. I have read a fair amount of information so I'm not completely ignorant, but I want to take the next step of actually speaking to agencies. However, before I do so, I feel like I need much more information and the sheer amount of books and websites offering information is varied and not always verifiable. Does anyone have books/sites they could recommend? I'm not looking for books on the emotional aspects of adopting, but the functionality, the how-to of it all. To clarify, I am looking at domestic adoption that is open to single/lesbian women. I live in Washington state and have reached out to WACAP but am open to other adoption agencies but that leads to other questions about which ones are reputable, rates of adoption, time, etc. After contacting them, WACAP instantly sent me an email about calling but I feel like I need a better list of questions before I return the call. Some other pertinent information maybe: I'm not currently looking at fost-adopting, but I do want to adopt an infant. Open adoption seems to be a part of many adoptions; I am open to that as well. Again, I am feeling a little overwhelmed by the process and would appreciate any information. Thanks!