My son is ADHD/ODD/CD and his school years have been tough,now they have become unbearable. How do I go about homeschooling and getting the proper supplies that I need to get started?
Amy - posted on 12/29/2009
**To start, go on the internet and google "homeschooling &( your state)". Here you should find directions on what you need to do legally. Knowing the legalities, such as the paper work you need to fill out and where to send it, as well as the number of hours you need to teach per subject matter and how you should document these hours, is the place to start!**
Tiffanie - posted on 09/14/2009
My son has ADHD and we home school. I have used "The Well-Trained Mind" as a starting place and have made modifications. The book has great curriculum suggestions and schedule suggestions. The book was written by a home schooling mom and her college professor/ author daughter.
Kimberly - posted on 09/11/2009
He is 9 and will be going into the fifth grade
My youngest is 9, and in the fifth grade also. According to his birthday, he is really supposed to be in the 4th. I moved him up when I started schooling him. He learns quickly. The best English book is Shurly English (not mis-spelled.) The best Math book is Bob Jones. Each of these books have great helps for parents so that teaching is not difficult. The only thing about Shurly English is that she stops at the 7 grade. I am not sure why this happened. You can go to www.rainbowresources.com and get a free catalog. It has everything you need in there. It is so much, it can be over kill. Just take your time to go through it and you will find everything that you need.
Good luck and welcome aboard.
Marie - posted on 08/14/2009
We are going on our second year of homeschooling and its AWESOME. Our son and daughter have different learning styles so I try to 'teach' how they learn instead of expecting them to learn a certain way. We use the time4learning computer based websited. It has been awesome for our son who is very dyslexic. It is actually geared towards dyslexic and gifted kids so it works great for both of ours. They go to the bookstore and decide what era in history they want to study, each has picked a different topic, but they read their sections outloud to all of us so then they are learning both areas. Our oldest daughter is in college studying aquatic biology so she actually has put together their science lessons and works with them. They love it. They decide what they want to read for literature and we go with it. Since we have been homeschooling they have developed a real love for learning.
Here in Texas it's pretty liberal as to what you need to do to homeschool. We provided a letter to the school district that told of our intent to homeschool, provided the state statute that allows for that and that was that. Good luck with homeschooling, I'm sure you are going to love as much as your child is going to.
Marana - posted on 05/27/2009
We've been using the k12 curriculumn here in Georgia. It's a Virtual Acedemy (computer based/parent guided). Plus we get all our supplies (and I mean ALL) for free. You have one in your state as well: http://www.k12.com/arva/
You can check out the curriculum and try out the different courses available.
Whatever you decide, good luck and comgrats on making the homeschooling choice - I'll bet your son will thrive!
Meredith - posted on 05/20/2009
welcome to the h/s world.. first decide what way you are going to teach.. i use comp. and workbooks for my children. then find a group to umbrella you, that's what i did. that's just for state purposes, every state is diff on the rules for homeschooling.
then enjoy every min. you have with your child, they grow up so fast.
you'll love it if you don't overwhelm yourself.
don't take rude comments about homeschoolers personal, you'll get mixed reviews on homeschooling. just know your doing what you think is best for your child and go on.
Carolee - posted on 03/31/2009
Hello angela i am so glad you are home schooling . The school system is NOT for everyone . we took our 16 year old son out of public school last year there was a huge change in his attitude. not everyone learns the same way or at the same pace. your son is going to love being home schooled . sign him up for something he loves to do ! he will have maybe 3 hours of learning instead of 8 they push on our kids to memorize and forget everything . talk to you later:}
Then you are a good point to have some curriculum, but keep him from being overwhelmed by the load and keep busy work to a minimum. We do math in the store or on the road out loud together. It keeps me on my toes and my kids think on their feet with math.
History visually is wonderful, but it has to draw them in. We love Alton Brown's Good Eats on the Food Channel because he throws so much science in and my 13 yr old is a great cook because of it. My 9 and 11 yr olds are also cooking due to the show.
Give him a science project book and let him have at them. He is old enough to pull his own supplies together ( I would read through and have on hand so you don't get surprised!) and work through the projects himself. Let him build a bird house, take apart an old toaster (go to Good Will for one). Help him explore. You will be surprised how much he learns and how much he focuses on his own. Games are not to be played except for certain hours and out doors is a must for part of the day wet or dry. He can pick up sticks and pile them for a fire in the back yard if it is wet. Guys love this idea. Make a sand pit with concrete blocks or bricks and let him burn them on a dry cool evening.
He has to do some actual work on paper, but not nearly as much and with most of his time spent active he will learn far mor than he ever has.
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