We are a unique, multidisciplinary team with skills in design, graphics, construction, installation, and business/operations management. We manage our business (Colored Spots Creative), keep up with daily life, and spend a lot of time homeschooling our son.
We didn’t begin our lives with this goal in mind. It developed out of necessity. Our son Aiden is an overly inquisitive, naturally curious, and exceptionally brilliant child. I’m slightly biased in my opinion, but over the years Aiden has proved himself academically and really meets these high standards.
He learns at an extremely rapid pace and is always craving more. When he grows up this will be a huge advantage for him, but at the elementary level it is his biggest challenge. He doesn’t fit into a traditional school model. His academic level can be pushed years beyond his age and he still achieves full comprehension of the subjects. His brain could handle high school, but he still needs to be a kid. Even if skipping grades were a choice for us, we know it wouldn’t be good for his spirit. He needs to run, move, bounce, and play like every other young kid.
Finding the right fit was difficult. I looked to public schools, private schools, charter schools, specialty schools… There were many options, but none were a perfect solution. I also had a hard time digesting what many of the schools were requesting for tuition. Regardless of the choice however, none of the options I could find would bridge the age gap between Aiden’s actual age and his academic age.
So we began our adventure in homeschooling when he was 7. It took a lot of preparation to get ready for it, but once we began, I started to realize how perfect this schooling style is for us. Every day I learn more about kids, lessons, learning, and education in general. I encounter more and more kids who have so much learning potential, but are stuck in an academic system that is slower than a plugged drain. We found the solution for our son, but it always bothers me to hear about and meet so many other kids that are also craving more – just like Aiden.
I don’t think we do things better but I know we do them differently. Our mission now is to design, package, and present what we have done, or the resources we find so it can help other parents, teachers, and students like Aiden use our creative solutions to learn, grow, and thrive.
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