A Pretty Crazy School

As we are all experiencing, 2020 has brought things into our lives that we NEVER thought would be possible.  Mostly over here in Crazytown we have adapted.  We definitely have struggled, but we have adapted and we have survived.  The one thing that we just could not get through here though has been school.  For our very bright and very social Third grader, not having the stimulation of her friends and the push of her teachers in person has caused her so much stress and sadness and defiance and its just been an absolute downward spiral.  For our sweet little new Kindergartener with Down syndrome and a learning delay its been a total disaster.  Just a total and complete disaster.  She had been on a roll and doing SO well in Pre-K, we were excited about the inclusion and the new challenges that Kindergarten was going to bring.  But no one could have seen this coming.  Its been totally awful.  This all - for both girls - has absolutely NOTHING to do with their teachers.  I am all teary thinking about how much the girls have come to love their teachers even though they've only seen them in person like 10 times.  These teachers are working their tails off and I just cant even imagine how hard this is for them.  This whole thing is not fair.  And the worst.  

After having a total breakdown last Thursday, posting a picture of Lucia on Facebook and getting SO much love and support from everyone, after crying in the shower like I haven't cried in lets just say like six years, and then curling up with the girls under the weighted blanket and falling asleep, after begging God to guide me, he did.  The next couple days were filled with so many messages and phone calls from people raving about their homeschooling experiences, from friends/the girls former teachers and therapists all reaching out to see what they could do to help, we decided to throw caution to the wind and open up A Pretty Crazy School. 

Entering that name on the state education website made me laugh so hard and brought me way too much joy - haha!!!    I have NEVER NEVER EVER in a million years thought that I would be a homeschooling mom.  My sister is awesome at it.  I see how it works for so many people but I trust...but....us?  I need a BREAK from the Craziness most days, not to 100% TOTALLY immerse myself in every single aspect of it.  I'm not sure I trust myself to properly educate these beautiful little minds.  I keep telling myself that it does not have to be forever, we can go back when things get back to normal.  That whatever we do can't possibly be any worse than what we are doing (welll....make that NOT doing) now.  But maybe, just maybe, it will be awesome.  

I will tell you this much, in the last couple days since we made this decision, there has been a noticeable difference Vianna.  Its literally like a weight has been lifted off her.  She has been excited and happy and its a huge relief for me.  I have been very worried about how this has been affecting her mental health.  She is sad that she wont see her friends but she is fully aware that she wasn't really SEEING them anyway...and that was adding to the mess and sadness.  Its like a tease.  She's excited to meet new friends through homeschool coop groups.  She's excited to really immerse herself in things that she is interested in.  Her eyes are sparkly for the first time in a long time....and I not even exaggerating.  

Lulu, she's heading back to our beloved preschool for a little review and boost up.  How she has fallen is heart breaking.  We're going to get her brain moving again and then see where we go from there.  I know how she learns.  Its really been hard watching this system fail her.  Especially because after the Zoom school is done, she's mentally exhausted and crazy and doesn't want to have a thing to do with the flashcards and songs and things that DO work for her.  I think this is going to be great for her too.  She is a smart little girl.  She is LOVED by so many wonderful people who want to watch her succeed.  She will thrive and she will do great.  Of this I am 100% sure.  

Right now as I write this and our girls are on one of their last five zooms, Vi is singing under her breath and is HAPPY.  Lucia is happy.  That makes ME happy.  We have had a GREAT morning.  The first in months.  Thank you Lord!!!!  

I do know that this is going to bring a new set of challenges.  I know that there will most likely be tears over this way of learning too....we ARE The Pretty Crazies after all. BUT I'm excited and optimistic for the first time in forever (sing it if you know it!) and honestly I'm excited to see what we will do with our Pretty Crazy things too.  We LOVE doing videos and songs and blogs and podcasts and all those things that we do...or WERE doing before we lost our minds and our motivations.  Its going to be great to get back in touch with our passions and the things that make us happy and fulfilled.  

SO!  Thats it.  If you hadn't been following us before, I PROMISE that #aprettycrazyschool is going to bring a LOT of crazy to your lives and ours.  Hopefully the GOOD kind!!  We are excited and oh so ready for 2021.  BRING IT ON!!!! 

7 comments

  • Amy Santos
    Amy Santos Clayton De
    I am SO proud of you! And, I am so excited for all of you! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need a sounding board for anything reading/writing or curriculum related. That is what I do and I would be very happy to share with you! I look forward to following your journey! My very best wishes to you!

    I am SO proud of you! And, I am so excited for all of you! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need a sounding board for anything reading/writing or curriculum related. That is what I do and I would be very happy to share with you! I look forward to following your journey! My very best wishes to you!

  • Shannon
    Shannon Nebraska
    You’ll do great, when I started I second guessed myself a lot because I couldn’t wrap my brain around the fact that the government trusted me to teach my children, now I am realizing it’s not as hard as I made it out to be! Take advantage of all your networks, they are a great help! Good Luck 👍

    You’ll do great, when I started I second guessed myself a lot because I couldn’t wrap my brain around the fact that the government trusted me to teach my children, now I am realizing it’s not as hard as I made it out to be! Take advantage of all your networks, they are a great help! Good Luck 👍

  • Tara
    Tara St. Augustine
    So excited for you three. Keep in mind, YOU ARE THE BEST TEACHER for your Littles! And the first year most likely will be a bust! Haha! I say that with LOVE and encouragement. If someone would have told me that at the beginning of our journey, maybe it would have taken some fear away. But it’s a learning process. TRUST your children! They teach US;) and we learn how to learn WITH them:) When I finished my maters in education last year, it only fueled me MORE to homeschool my children. I guess you need to study both sides to understand WHY you are doing what you are doing. You will get backlash and even be told it’s a “phase” or you’re “damaging” your kids, but cousin, I tell you now... trust in the Lord, trust in yourself, and trust in your children. You will see the benefits! It may not happen the first day, month or even year but WOW, what a difference. Great book for you to read, When Children Love to Learn, by Charlotte Mason. because if you can teach a child to love to learn they will naturally learn anything;) God bless you on your journey. We are ALL here for you;)

    So excited for you three. Keep in mind, YOU ARE THE BEST TEACHER for your Littles! And the first year most likely will be a bust! Haha! I say that with LOVE and encouragement. If someone would have told me that at the beginning of our journey, maybe it would have taken some fear away. But it’s a learning process. TRUST your children! They teach USwink and we learn how to learn WITH themsmile When I finished my maters in education last year, it only fueled me MORE to homeschool my children. I guess you need to study both sides to understand WHY you are doing what you are doing. You will get backlash and even be told it’s a “phase” or you’re “damaging” your kids, but cousin, I tell you now... trust in the Lord, trust in yourself, and trust in your children. You will see the benefits! It may not happen the first day, month or even year but WOW, what a difference. Great book for you to read, When Children Love to Learn, by Charlotte Mason. because if you can teach a child to love to learn they will naturally learn anythingwink God bless you on your journey. We are ALL here for youwink

  • Mark
    Mark Bon Aqua, TN
    You've always been able to do the things you set your mind to. I know you'll succeed in this home school adventure. You and the girls will have fun and be better people for it. Love you. Praying for your success!

    You've always been able to do the things you set your mind to. I know you'll succeed in this home school adventure. You and the girls will have fun and be better people for it. Love you. Praying for your success!

  • Beth Parrillon
    Beth Parrillon Lewes, DE
    I am so proud of you! You are so right in all that you said! I love the name "The Pretty Crazies". It is perfect! Good for you for pushing through and succeeding during this very difficult time. I know with your positive mental attitude 2021 will be a huge success for you! Please reach out to me if I can be of any assistance. I am a certified life coach. You can join my Facebook page Life coaching for parents in the Down Syndrome Community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/782455398951630 God bless you and your family! All the best! Beth

    I am so proud of you! You are so right in all that you said! I love the name "The Pretty Crazies". It is perfect! Good for you for pushing through and succeeding during this very difficult time. I know with your positive mental attitude 2021 will be a huge success for you! Please reach out to me if I can be of any assistance. I am a certified life coach. You can join my Facebook page Life coaching for parents in the Down Syndrome Community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/782455398951630

    God bless you and your family!
    All the best!
    Beth

  • Cherelle Cargill Chery
    Cherelle Cargill Chery Queens
    I’m so happy for you! Wishing you the very best. And as a fellow Mama. You did what’s best for your tribe! Love you!

    I’m so happy for you! Wishing you the very best. And as a fellow Mama. You did what’s best for your tribe! Love you!

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa Alberta, Canada
    Dearest Amy... the best part of this ..”and begged God to guide me. And he did”. I’m am so excited to see where He takes you with this. My daily prayer was always asking God for wisdom and patience... you will need them too, ‘specially on the most difficult days. Love to you all as you begin this crazy adventure. 😍🥰

    Dearest Amy... the best part of this ..”and begged God to guide me. And he did”. I’m am so excited to see where He takes you with this. My daily prayer was always asking God for wisdom and patience... you will need them too, ‘specially on the most difficult days. Love to you all as you begin this crazy adventure. 😍🥰

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