Expert Advice

Grandparent Wants to Homeschool Rather Than Medicate Child

Homeschooling Expert Advice from Isabel Shaw

Q
My six-year-old grandson (we are his guardians) was just kicked out of school for ten days, and I can't put him back in school unless I medicate him. What procedure do I go through to homeschool and not send him to school? I don't have problems with him at home. He is active, but he does not have a learning disability. I don't think he really needs medication. Help!
A
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. However, each state has different requirements. I suggest you read " How Do I Homeschool?" for an outline of what steps are involved in homeschooling your grandson. Our homeschool channel also contains helpful articles and advice.

After you've read the homeschool laws in your state, you must notify your school district that your grandson will not be returning to school. Give him at least a few weeks (or more) to unwind from his unfortunate experience, and don't start a structured learning program right away.

Turn off the TV for now and put away the Gameboys. Spend lots of time outdoors, and in the library. Find books on subjects that interest him, and read to him every day. Give your grandson lots of time to explore his world and provide him with creative learning tools -- Legos, art supplies, board and card games, etc. Visit museums, farms, and parks. Enjoy concerts and plays (many of these are available at reduced costs for homeschoolers) and help him rediscover that learning is fun. When you feel he's ready for more structured learning, read " Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum."

Isabel Shaw is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of 15 years. She and her husband Ray homeschool their two daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Besides being a contributor to FamilyEducation.com, Shaw has written for Home Education Magazine, The Link, Homeschooling Horizons Magazine, The Homeschool Gazette, and other publications.

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