One Very Busy Boy
by Heidi | August 15, 2013
I would like you to meet Aiden. Aiden is starting the 3rd grade, his second year in K12. He loves to build things. He loves little parts and seeing how things work. He is really proud of the radio he built. Aiden had been in brick and mortar schools, both private and public since preschool. Aiden was often described as being 20 kids rolled into one. He was a hand full, maybe two! Since the early days it was clear to see he was falling into the family tradition of having ADHD, just like his siblings, parents, and countless other family members. His parents like so many parents tried their best, did all the right things but Aiden was still a very busy, bouncing boy. Those first few years at school saw him in trouble, and classwork that didn't look so good. His parents thought he was an average to below average student. They did all they could, and orally he would do well with his work. His problem came with putting it on the paper. You see Aiden has fine motor delays with his attention issues, and his hyper-active nature. While Mom could see it, teachers could not let him do his work out loud. Also Aiden hates to wait. He would understand the concept very quickly but couldn't sit nice for 30 kids to finish. Preschool teachers loved this busy boy. His kindergarten/ 1st grade teacher loved this little boy. His second grade teacher did not, and did not even try to understand him. His principal would not take the time to help him. So his parents did what parents will do, they found another way! After a bad run in with the teacher he was pulled out of school at the end of September. Mom taught preschool from home, and saw that there was another way. His parents decided to home school him. They looked into several things, and there seemed to be draw backs to each one. Some needed too much time from Mom to work, and others were just too expensive. They needed something right now! They needed to know they were doing the right things. They found K12. They would be guided, helped , and it was free! Aiden started K12 in mid October, several weeks behind his classmates. He could now do work orally. He could stand up with one foot in a chair to work. He was engaged by interactive games. He could see daily the progress he was making. By the end of the semester he had caught up all the weeks he was behind. Mom and Dad started to see a new love of learning in their son. They could see how fast he understood new things. Aiden learned to love history and science. Everyone saw what a wonderful reader and speller he was. Not everything came down to what he could put down on paper. His teacher began to refer to him as twice gifted. He could both be very bright, and struggle at the same time. Aiden is working on his hard spots. He is working on listening. He has good days and bad days. On his good days he works extra hard, he gets ahead, so on the hard days he doesn't have to worry about being behind or missing something. By the end of the year it was time to make plans for the next school year. The family sat down to see what was the right choice. Aiden wanted to be home for another year, and to everyone's surprise big sister decided she like the idea too. Now they have two desks set up in the dining room. What had been a stop gap measure to by pass a bad teacher opened the eyes of many people to Aiden's potential. Sure he is still going to struggle. Sure he has things he needs to work on. But Aiden has his family and a great school that lets Aiden be the busy boy he was made to be.