We have talked about different teaching methods but what if you have a child who has learning issues. Homeschooling can be a great way of helping your child who learns differently. If you have a child who is ADD or ADHD then you can tailor the curriculum to their strengths instead of weaknesses. Homeschool ADD/ADHD children are usually the children who need a different approach on schooling. The great thing about homeschooling is you can set up the area that your child schools in to be distraction free. That is very important to a child with ADD/ADHD.
What about homeschooling in the autism spectrum, maybe asperger’s syndrome, these are both areas where children are known to struggle in school. They are either behind academically in one subject and very advanced in another or they are known for not being able to handle the social aspect of school. Crowds of people can be a problem for some autism/asperger children.
Then there is the gifted child. Gifted children can struggle in school, too. Some people do not believe that. The gifted child can have issues with being bored in class. They can even be bullied or picked on for knowing to much. A homeschool gifted child can be free to learn at their own pass as fast as they want. They can be on what ever level they need to be on.
If you have a child who has difficulty learning due to being different. Homeschooling might be the answer for your child. It is OK to be different.
I saw this commercial on TV and thought I just have to share this with you. Watch it and then read on…
Are your kids only seeing the world from behind the computer or do they think that is the way to see the world? Makes you wonder how many kids are actually doing this; spending more time on the computer then actually out in the world. With internet safety for kids at the top of my list of issues that we as adults need to be concerned about. I think the idea that our kids are ONLY seeing things in a world from a computer screen is sad. I think people who are unschooling might just have something. No matter if it is summer or the normal school year time their kids are usually out in the world learning hands on. Even if your not a unschooler, say you school 9 months a year or even school year round; you should really try to help your children see the world in person. Not just from a computer screen. Take notes from this silly commercial. Get out and do things but do them with your kids, don’t leave them at home!
I sorta started talking about Homeschooling about two weeks ago. I think I am going to keep going on that theme. Turn this into a Homsechool Series. Today I will cover some different kinds of homeschooling. Every child has their own homeschool learning style. It might take you trying a few different kinds of homeschooling to learn what works for your child.
Relaxed or Eclectic Homeschooling -the use all kinds of methods as they tailor things for each individual child. It isn’t a curriculum, or the absence of a curriculum. I myself fall into this type of homeschooler. I’ve used various books and materials over the years, including some textbooks and online learning.
Traditional Textbook – the use of text books. This kind of homeschooling is the closes to public school. Sometimes known as school at home. I have seen many people set up a spare room with desk and have school at home.
Classical Homeschooling – this process is a three stage process that trains the mind. Stage One – grammar stage, Stage Two – logic stage, Stage Three – Rhetoric Stage. Each stage builds on the stage before. Also Stage one is Elementary, Stage Two is Middle school and Stage Three is High School.
Unit Study Learning – This is choosing a subject or a book to learn about using all the subjects. Example Unit Study on Space – Spelling – all the planets, Math – measuring the distance between planets, Science – what each planet is made of, Social Studies – when was the first spaceship in space. Language Arts – write a report about a planet of your choice.
Charlotte Mason – is reading living books, first hand experience and good habits. Living books are usually written in story form by one author who has a passion for the subject. First hand experience is just what is sounds like, letting children do things for themselves, like nature journals which put the child in nature. Good Habits is a way to teach your child character traits.
Unschooling – process of learning by living, life schooling, or interest led schooling, where the child learns as adults learn–by pursuing their interests, and seeing where those lead them. Example: an unschooler might learn to read because he/she wants to read a book that will tell that child how to do something that they are very interested. If they work on their reading then they learn what they are interested in.
Online schooling – this is homeschool curriculum that is online. There are many different online curriculums out there. Some are through the public schools and are called virtual schools. I personally do not care for those as it is the same as having my child in public school, you still have to answer to the school system. There some online schools that cost $100’s of dollars for the school year, almost s much as it would if you were in their private brick and mortar school and then there is one of my favorite Time4Learning.com that is reasonably priced and kids really like.
Those are the most common homeschooling styles. If you use a different style of homeschooling that is not listed above please comment with what it is and how you implement it into your day.