Making Homeschooling Much Easier for Parents
Homeschooling, while it affords you certain freedoms when educating your autistic child, is not always easy. But there are things that you can do to make homeschooling easier for yourself as a parent. The following tips may help make your job as a homeschooling parent of an autistic/disabled child a little easier.
If in doubt, look on the Internet. If you are in doubt about your method of homeschooling, use the internet to seek another method. In fact, you can use the internet to help you in regard to nearly everything homeschools related. Do you need something to keep your autistic child busy while you’re working with an older typical child? The internet has coloring sheets galore, as well as worksheets, mazes, and puzzles.
Choose a complete curriculum. Complete curriculums will also make homeschooling easier on you as a parent. Instead of having to search through multiple catalogs to find just the right curriculum, choose a complete curriculum assimilated with your disabled child’s learning ability. Not only will it save you time, but it may also even save you money, in the long run.
Cut yourself some slack. Don’t expect yourself to be the perfect teacher. Unless you have an education degree, you most likely will make mistakes along the way. Don’t beat yourself up about them. Learn from the mistakes and try not to repeat them again.
Allow your children to help themselves (within reason). You can’t be expected to know everything, so if your child wants to learn something you don’t know, give them the freedom to follow their interests. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that they learn more on their own than they did while you were more involved.
Seek the help from others in your shoes. When in doubt about anything dealing with homeschooling an autistic/disabled child, seek the advice from those who have been homeschooling children on the spectrum longer than you. Even though they may not have dealt with exactly what you’re dealing with, chances are they will be able to give you advice or point you in the right direction. Take advantage of your homeschooling peers’ offers of help, there might be a time where you’ll be able to return the favor.
Online communities are available. If you don’t know people that homeschool in your local area, there are literally hundreds of homeschooling communities on the Internet. Search online for homeschooling groups or forums. They can be found in every state, and even some outside of the United States. You may have to register to join a homeschool group or forum, but you can be as active as you like and remain anonymous if you like.
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, one of the reasons most people choose to homeschool is the ease and freedom associated with it. When you have difficulty, however, you may feel as if you need help. The above tips, when followed, can help make homeschooling a little bit easier.
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Mandu Usoro is a lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, experienced homeschooler and US Army Veteran with a BS Degree in Social Work and AA Degrees in Psychology as well as Health Care Administration. She enjoys spending time with her family, advocating for her special needs son and writing for fun and inspiration. You can get in touch with her on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and at https://www.homeschoolspecneedstidbits.com/contact-us