All children can learn, just not in the same way. If your child has special
needs, you find that the school system is not fulfilling their particular
academic requirements. Whether the traditional class structure means the
teacher doesn’t have the time to address your child’s needs
or they are being bullied by other children, homeschooling may be able
to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.
Parents who are facing the option of homeschooling often feel overwhelmed;
will homeschooling mean their children aren’t properly socialized?
Will they cope with all the extra work? The answers may surprise you.
Thomas Armstrong author of
“The Myth of the A.D.D. Child”: “Kids who are labeled ADD are those who can’t or won’t
put up with the (school) situation. And that may not be such a bad thing,
because they’re telling us this isn’t working. They’re
harbingers of whatever we need to reform in our schools. It seems to me
that homeschooling would be tailor-made for the child who is having trouble
in that worksheet wasteland and getting slapped with the ADD label.”
You aren’t Alone
Your child may just need a different learning method and some one-on-one
tutoring to unlock their potential. The personalized attention your child
will get at homeschool will mean they have the time and space to work
things out at their own pace. They can ask questions without the fear
of embarrassment and you can take the time to present information in different
formats until you find a learning style that works.
Homeschooling is not uncharted territory; there are tons of resources at
your fingertips, there are homeschooling coops in your area where you
can share ideas and classes with other parents as well as online resources
that will help you every step of the way.
How does Homeschooling help?
Homeschooling allows your child to lean at their own pace and in their
own way. Your homeschool will provide a safe, non-competitive classroom
which caters to your child’s particular needs. Without the meaningless
busywork of the classroom, your child can really spend their day productively
and will have more time for hobbies and interests.
With homeschooling, you also have the opportunity to teach the important
executive skills your child needs to be a successful student. Things like
study skills, organizational skills, task prioritization and time management
are all important life skills to learn.
Homeschooled kids are can be as social as they like! With homeschool groups
in your area, kids can get together to play, can join clubs like the Boy
Scouts and Girl Guides and can pursue dance, music, sports and other hobbies.
I’m not good at Math
Many parents are concerned about their own abilities to teach high school
subjects that they may not excel at themselves. The good news here is
that you don’t have to take on everything yourself. You can work
with other homeschooling parents in your area and homeschooling coops
to share lessons. You can also get an in-home tutor for subjects that
you aren’t familiar with, or for SATand ACT test preparation. This
means your child is getting the very best education in the loving and
supportive environment that helps kids with special needs to thrive.
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