If you have a child with special needs and considering homeschooling, you certainly have many questions and concerns. Consider that you are not alone, but you almost certainly know more about homeschooling than you realize.
Has homeschooling been hard? Surely, but also interesting. Who said teaching children with special needs is boring?
Homeschooling isn’t a cure, and it is easier for some families than for others. On the other hand, homeschooling has rapidly become a respected alternative, especially for those children with special needs who are being pushed out of public schools.
There is no rule to diagnose, label, or tell you how to homeschool your child with special needs. The issues of medication and counseling belong within the scope of each family’s decision-making process. Still, with the one-on-one learning which parents provide in a homeschool environment, children with special needs can soar.
Though each family has different strengths and challenges, we have many things in common: the love for our children, the commitment to our families, the challenges and the joy, and the courage to homeschool. Accordingly, can you effectively homeschool your child? This is a question only you can answer, but consider also some thoughts and offer encouragement.
Don’t Do "School at Home"
The main reason families new to homeschooling struggle is because they attempt to duplicate the same structure, hours, course of study, curriculum, and environment found in public schools. This is more than ever true if a youngster has previously attended public school and has been in special education.
“School at home” phenomenon was experienced by parents when they began homeschooling. Parents often feel to provide children with everything the public school was offering. But it is wrong! You can quickly discover this cause undue hardship and sabotage your child’s natural love of learning. Fortunately, you may seek help from others familiar with homeschooling, which quickly put you on the road to becoming free of your preconceived notions.
Define What Is Important
Children need only a few basic skills to become successful in life: reading, writing, math, and a love of learning. Does it mean parents should focus on these subjects to the exclusion of everything else? That is wrong. You shouldn’t sacrifice time a child spends on his own interests, but if your child is having difficulty in mastering these skills, seek help. That usually means finding new ways to approach the skills your child needs.