Homeschooling Children With Special Needs – an honest look

I write a lot about homeschooling my two boys.

Their learning differences.

The accommodations we have in place.

How I individualize all our curriculum in order to make it work for them.

The craziness of our day to day lives.

I enjoy writing about our schooling. I went to school to be a teacher. I have always wanted to be in a classroom of some sort.

More and more, I find that I really enjoy working at home to educate my boys every day. It’s kinda my sweet spot.

Having said that, the truth is, it’s also really, really hard.

Really hard.

Trying to find ways to help these boys learn, in spite of way too many odds stacked against them, is exhausting.

Most of the time, it’s thankless.

And, I find homeschooling my children with special needs to be increasingly lonely.

Even in the homeschool world, we are the anomalies.

Sitting with other homeschooling moms inevitably drives this point home. While they are discussing different options for geometry and algebra 2, I am worried about how to teach my son to read the map at the mall.

Or the homeschool conventions. Oh my goodness. Ten minutes into one a few years back, I was completely discouraged.

Seven thousand different curriculum options (I may be exaggerating to make a point, but it really did seem like seven thousand) and I think only two of them seemed even remotely doable for my boys. And in order to be doable, I would need to spend a few hours modifying the resources to accommodate my boys’ learning.

An entire convention center, full of thousands of homeschoolers, and I felt terribly alone.

 

I sat down at a tiny table in the corner of that convention center a few years ago, and outlined the book I wanted to read.

Special Education At Home was published nine months later.

Yes, it’s about the differences, the loneliness, and the work.

But mostly, it’s about a mom being a mom and a kid being a kid – no matter what the circumstances.

It’s about the day to day and the big picture. The sleepless nights and the reading delays. The fun and mess.

It’s an honest look.

Homeschooling Children With Special Needs

It’s lonely. Even in the world of homeschooling.

It’s hard. Even in the world of homeschooling.

It’s frustrating. Even in the world of homeschooling.

But ask any homeschooling mom about it, and we all the say the same thing.

It’s worth it.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Homeschooling Children With Special Needs – an honest look

  1. Yea, I hear you. I’m homeschooling my daughter w/severe special needs (a non verbal teen… developmentally an infant) and my neurotypical elementary age son. You can’t help but feel like a minority of minorities. It just adds to the difficulties. Worth it (and I don’t feel there’s any other option) but hard!

    Kudos to you for also doing what you feel is best for your kids regardless of the level of hard it requires.

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