A young child with Attention Deficit Disorder often goes off to kindergarten excited about school and learning. These active children are imaginative and creative with prowling little minds. For many kids with ADD/ADHD, the reality of school does not live up to its promise. Children with Attention Deficit Disorder may suffer in school. Their first school experience could color their whole educational process. If you have a child who is totally disillusioned with school and showing signs of desperation, you might consider homeschooling.
Each family has their own blend of reasons for homeschooling their children. Some do it to enhance or preserve religious traditions and teachings. Others like the ability to control what influences that their child has. Some people homeschool because of academics. They want their child to have a rich curriculum that suits their child’s special interests. Sometimes parents can just see that their child is desperate for a break from their school atmosphere. To understand the last listed reason, visualize the school experience that too many children with ADD have on a daily basis.
Children with Attention Deficit Disorder try so hard to do a good job in school. Most don’t feel like they’ve accomplished much in the classroom. They don’t see themselves as successful learners. Why? Often they are in trouble for an impulsive act or blurting out in class. They have difficulty finishing work and projects in a timely manner. If they get the work completed, there are many instances where it doesn’t get turned in. Elementary students often lose recess due to problems completing work. This sets them apart from their peers. Because of the difficulties in school, they start to develop a poor self-image. This can lead to anxiety, depression, and situational desperation. If you want to relieve these symptoms of stress, you might think about homeschooling your child with ADD. Here are some of the points that you should consider.
Consider these factors:
*Successful homeschooling takes a lot of study, planning, and work. It is a job, but you don’t get paid to do it.
*You need to find out about your state’s regulations concerning homeschooling.
*Explore the many ways that homeschooling can take place. Will every aspect of the school be under your control, or would you consider distance learning?
*Affiliate with a homeschooling group.
*Decide on a curriculum. Will you buy one, or are you interested in making your own?
*If there is a subject that you cannot teach, typically high school math and science, how will you arrange to have him learn these subjects?
*Will you have your child do standardized testing? If so, how often will you do this?
*Especially if you have a high school student, you need to keep meticulous records. Find out whether your local school system will take your homeschooling credits if your child goes back into their system.
*What is the process for entering college from a homeschool?
*How can you use your child’s special interests and talents to make learning exciting?
*Where can you go on field trips to increase his interest in learning about the world around him?
*How will you integrate life skills into your curriculum to allow him to learn about assuming adult responsibilities?
*What opportunities for physical activities and learning about the arts can you offer?
*How will you provide places for him to grow socially and relate to his peers?
*Can you be together during the school day and live to tell the tale? (I say this in a teasing way, but it is a serious consideration.) Where can each person go if they are feeling really grumpy?
*How can you keep the lines of communication open? If your child is having problems with you as a teacher, can he tell you without hurting your feelings? What if your child is being incredibly annoying to you during school? How do you keep that from spilling over into other areas of family life? What is the contract that you and your child share regarding his homeschooling?
They say that, “Raising children is not for the faint-hearted.” Neither is homeschooling a child with Attention Deficit Disorder. There are hours of planning, gathering materials, grading, record keeping, and implementing the lessons and activities that you planned. You are responsible for your child’s educational process. That responsibility is a lot of work, and it can be frustrating. Your child’s Attention Deficit Disorder doesn’t stop just because you are his teacher.
However, homeschooling a child with ADD can be joyous, too. You child’s creative genius can be freed! He can tackle tough problems and solve them his way! One day, you look up and see that sparkle of discovery in your child’s eyes. He loves learning! The bond between you deepens as you look into his eyes. He no longer looks desperate when he is thinking about school work, and that’s a wonderful feeling.
Here are some good resources for teaching kids with Attention Deficit Disorder. They are highly recommended.
How To Reach And Teach Children with ADD/ADHD: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions (J-B Ed: Reach and Teach)
Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder