Homeschool ADD and ADHD

homeschool ADD/ADHDAs a classroom teacher for many years, I saw how difficult it was for the ADD/ADHD child to thrive in a typical class setting. Often disheartened by constant poor grades, these children seem to simply become the class “distraction” and their education begins to take a back seat in just trying to make them behave.

Homeschooling is actually the optimum place for a child with ADD or ADHD. In the homeschool setting they have more freedom to achieve within their own “learning style.” I’ve seen frustrated children blossom within the framework of  a homeschool designed to meet their needs. It’s best to spend some time with the child to determine his/her strengths. Then develop your homeschool to play to those strengths.

1) Many homeschool ADD/ADHD students are tactile learners. This means that they like to use all their senses when learning. They typically will learn well when a new concept involves many types of sensory learning. You can accomplish this by doing science experiments, using letter tiles to learn the alphabet, incorporating unifix cubes into your math learning, and even acting out scenes from history.

2)Some ADD/ADHD learners are auditory learners, but this is rather rare. If this is the case listening skills are what they thrive on. Homeschoolers can use audio books, recorded lessons, allowing students to record study facts and then replay, read alouds are great, as well as recitation of different facts.

3)Finally, some ADD/ADHD learners can be visual learners. This means that they love to SEE what they are learning. Infographics are a great way to spell out information that you want to get across to the visual learner. Other methods to help the visual learner include using flashcards, drawings, written instructions, demonstrations, pictures, graphs, charts, videos, puzzles, and games.

Homeschool Sports and Special Needs

homeschool sportsAs homeschoolers, we often forgo aspects of learning for our children that we just can’t find solutions for. For many of us those things include sports, special education opportunities, and even fine arts. Yet, with a little intensive search those things can be readily available for most homeschoolers.

For elementary and high school aged children sports is often an important aspect of learning. Through sports children can learn how to function within a team, how to deal with tough spots, and how to understand that winning isn’t everything. Yet, in many cases homeschoolers have difficulty finding ways to get their kids involved in quality sports teams. Like special education, there are programs out there just for homeschoolers that can have lasting benefits. The only problem is that most of us have no idea where to look for these special programs for our homeschooled children.

Good news, I have recently found a site that is all things homeschool sports. In fact, it even has a great team locator that you can use to find a team offering organized homeschool sports in your local area. They even have homeschool sports news, newsletters, and information about college sports.

For special education needs, there are many informational sites out there are great resources. There are also some special curriculum offerings that make for superior learning opportunities for our special needs learning children.

Like most things that I have found in homeschooling, there is usually a solution to most of the issues that I’ve come across. Sometimes, I just have to look hard to find what I need. So, as you homeschool your dear ones, don’t give up when you come to a cross roads. Just take time to find a solution. It always makes the learning and experience that much more special.