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Hurray for Dana! He practiced hard all week and passed his test for purple belt in Kenpo Karate! He is learning that hard work pays off. The moves are getting longer and harder to remember, but he is giving it his “Black Belt effort” and is learning them.

Congratulations to Dana for doing your best and succeeding!

I am proud of him. But more importantly, he is proud of himself.

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At last a cure for HDD (Homeschool Desperation Disorder)!

What a wonderful day! There was nothing much special about the day, except that everything was special. The weather was glorious! The air smelled sweet, the sun was shining, the grass was green and the Spring flowers are blooming. We got in plenty of learning activities including spelling, math, grammar, and science. Dana practiced his karate moves for his orange belt test tomorrow and did them well. Then, because I have a bad case of Spring fever and could not do a lick of housework, we spent most of the rest of the day outside together enjoying our woods and grounds, just Dana and me and the dog makes three. Ahh! If every day were like this, I would think I was in heaven.

I received an email today from Diane Keith at Clickschooling, in which she discussed HDD – Homeschool Desperation Disorder. I can really relate to that. I suffered enough days this Winter with HDD. It is so wonderful to find relief. Her remedy involved doing outside activities learning about and just enjoying nature. So if you suffer from HDD, try it. It really works! Hope you can find your own little bit of heaven, even when the indoor homeschooling causes desperation.

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Dana and I went for a walk in our woods.

The flowing stream is very relaxing.

We found a bird nest from last year on the ground.


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The kids, including Dana, make mistakes in this video, but they are just starting to learn the moves required for getting their orange belt. The instructor is wonderful in working with them. He is tolerant and forgiving, but also sets some standards they must meet or leave the mat. Dana’s ability to function properly in the class has greatly improved, and he is proud of himself. He now goes twice a week, but wishes he could go every day!

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                       After too much of the first picture, even the melting snow seems happy to see temps in the 50s at last!

Cabin fever had Dana running back and forth, bouncing on the sofas and finally giving himself a haircut while hiding in my walk-in closet. It has a mirror, but I don’t think he used it. His hair was cut down to the scalp in some places and sticking up in clumps in others! He said his hair was “bugging” him and he doesn’t like the sound of the clippers (due to his Aspie sensitivities), so he used the scissors and did it himself. After cleaning the pile of hair from the corner, off the floor, and the carpet in my bedroom. I marched him upstairs to get a buzz cut. There are still some bare spots, but it looks a lot more even. He didn’t even complain because he was still trying to figure out just how much trouble he was in and when I was going to let him know. I guess he figured that if I was taking the trouble to cut his hair, I must be going to let him live.

Well, that was yesterday. Today was good. The sun was shining, he did his math and spelling with very little grumbling and practiced his karate moves. Then it was off to karate class and testing for his yellow belt. Later, at bedtime, we read more from “Castle Diary” as part of our study of the Middle Ages.

Karate is so great for Aspies! It has helped him learn to tolerate sudden loud noise when the class yells, “Yes, Sir!” without running away and crouching against the wall in a fetal position. It has taught him to perform the moves in front of the whole class without freezing in place. It even has taught him to say, “Yes, ma’am” to me once in a while, to treat everyone with “black belt respect,” to show self discipline by cleaning his room and doing other chores without being told (sometimes, anyway), and doing his “black belt best.”

So he did his best and got his yellow belt today. Congratulations, Dana! You’ve come a long way already.

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