parents with kids who have ADD/ADHD

Cynthia - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have just started a forum for those of us who are homeschooling our children with ADD/ADHD. I am hoping that this will be an additional support for the extra needs our children have. If anyone is interested, please follow the link and join the group. http://apps.facebook.com/circleofmoms/gr...



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Nadine - posted on 10/20/2012

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Hi Jill, you may want to consider having your daughter tested not just to attach a label but to obtain the tools you will need to to give your daughter every opportunity to succeed, not only in school work but in life. People with add/adhd often have additional issues, including potential learning difficulties. That said, I always comment that if you want to teach your child in accordance with the public school system then put your child into public school, otherwise forget what they do and instead experiment with what works best for your daughter. Learning happens all day long in a variety of ways and can often take the guise of fun and games. Find age appropriate (meaning not how old your daughter is but what she is capable of) games and use them for teaching, e.g. Trouble can teach addition, monopoly when she's older, Bible reading is an excellent way to teach reading, play grocery store, let her help you with baking and eventually this becomes both math and science. Go on walks and learn about nature, keeping it fun though, go to the park and count how many steps to the top of the slide, what shape does a slide make when viewed from the side (a straight slide & answer is triangle). Don't get bogged down with thinking that you have to teach this that or the other because she's a certain age, or can't learn something because she's a certain age. My son learned Newton's laws of motion when he was four as we rode the bus. Don't be discouraged it gets easier as you go & you're already a step ahead because you didn't put her in school to start so there's no "un-learning" to do. Above all, make the most of your time with her. Have a wonderful day.

Cynthia - posted on 08/14/2009

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I tend to take a more "unschooled" or "child directed" approach to homeschooling with my son. I try my hardest to have an academic lesson in a lot of things we do, even driving to the park. I do have table work time, but only on his good days when he can sit still enough to write and stuff. Otherwise, it is spelling and math with play-doh, or me reading to him while he plays with his cars. Kids like him need to move to learn. They are called Kinesthetic learners, they don't learn well unless they are moving. Table work is hard, so we do most of our work with manipulatives. He tends to do really well this way. My son can spell his name out loud, and has been able to since he was 3 1/2 or 4, but still has trouble writing it. He will get distracted in between letters, or skip letters. Part of it is his age, but part of it is also his attention span. My son hasn't been diagnosed, either, but I know he has it. We were told my a specialist when he was 4 that he was "off the charts." We have also only done Kindergarten so far, and are doing first grade this year. I haven't figured much out yet, but I'm hoping to as we continue our journey year by year. :-) Jill, you are welcome to join my community if you haven't already. It sounds like our kids are very similar!

Jill - posted on 08/13/2009

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I'm not sure if my daughter has ADD/ADHD, but I know that she is difficult to teach. I can't get her to sit to do much of anything. She is sooo busy. She is creative and smart, but has a hard time being organized and following through. She has been able to spell her name verbally for 2 years and has been writing for a year and a half probably and still takes so long just to write her name. She has to think between each letter and spell it out loud between each letter. Anyway, my guess is that she would be diagnosed if I pursued it. I have only done Kindergarten with her so far. She will be doing first grade this year. She is interested in everything (except school work.) I'd love ideas.

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