There is no other school in our rural area. Would my child be better off being schooled at home where he would feel more comfortable and wouldn't have to take medicine? His high level of activity doesn't bother us in the least, and it is so much fun to show him new things and watch him actually catch on. How would I go about "testing" him to see how he would do in a homeschooling environment?
- Read as much as you can about homeschooling. Look at books such as The Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling by Kathy Ishizuka, and visit the following websites: FamilyEducation.com's homeschooling homepage, www.teachinghome.com, and www.homeschool.com.
- Find out what the legal requirements are for homeschooling in your state.
- Talk to as many homeschoolers as you can to learn more about what homeschooling is really like. You might start by visiting the homeschooling message boards at FamilyEducation.com.
- Consider carefully if you have the time and patience to work closely with your child and the organization skills required to handle homeschooling.
Homeschooling children with ADHD has several advantages. First of all, it is essentially tutoring as the teacher student ratio is 1 to 1 instead of 20 or 30 to 1. The curriculum can be tailored exactly to your son's needs and learning style. Also, homeschooling will let him have the breaks that he needs.
If you believe that homeschooling is the right education option for your child, give it a try this summer after your son has had several weeks of vacation. Not only will you learn what is required of you, but also how well it works for him.