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Homeschool?

My son is going into grade 7.  He’s a bright kid and, if it weren’t for the ADHD, he’d get great grades.  As it is, he gets decent grades, though he struggled in math last year (but I blame that on the poor math teacher he had in grade 5 and the complicated math textbook they used last year).

I don’t think homeschooling is really the best option for my son… he learns an awful lot socially being there, as well as picking up other skills, of course.

The problem is that the teachers here are on strike and have been for some time.  I’m worried that if the strike drags on, my son will get behind and really struggle to catch up.  (He has some anxiety as well.)

Does anyone out there homeschool?  And if so, how do you get your ADHD kids to do the work?  Homework is almost always a battle here.

I was thinking even just a math course might be good.  And I was also thinking that something online, or on the computer, that has goals and makes it interesting, might be something that would be good to try.  Any suggestions?

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I homeschool my two kids, one of whom has ADHD. For her, computerized lessons definitely hold her attention better and she is more enthusiastic about doing her lessons. I would definitely recommend trying something along those lines. I also have a treasure box for good behavior, which she loves. That may not work for your son, but I think some kind of positive reward is helpful.

Posted by dfoote on Aug 28, 2014 at 1:51am

Homeschool is good, but given the problems you have mentioned, a bit of tutoring might be more helpful to see if the math situation can be remedied without making other drastic changes. 

If tutoring does not help, then he may need to be given some remedial course work in math to bridge the gap.  The school should be helping with that, but if the teachers are on strike, then any help will be delayed.

I would contact an online school and ask how they can do both the current educational level’s work and help with the remedial math problem, too.  Many can and will do this for kids who are struggling in the public school systems, especially if Common Core is involved.

Something to think about…

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Aug 28, 2014 at 3:43am

Many parents homeschool their children with ADHD to try to combat some of the struggles ADHD causes in traditional schooling. Here’s more information on homeschooling as it relates to ADHD:

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/7042.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/9781.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/11/9640.html

It may be that some tutoring would be enough to keep him sharp until returning to school. Here are other ideas to combat the “Summer Slide:”

http://www.additudemag.com/slideshow/96/slide-1.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8709.html

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 28, 2014 at 12:48pm

Last winter we had 17 snow days and 21 days, where school was delayed because of weather. On those days, my son did work at home in reading, math, language and writing. Was that homeschooling? Probably. But, we did not abandon the school system.

If you think your child is falling behind, get resource services (i.e. extra in school tutoring) put on his IEP. If he doesn’t have an IEP, then get one. Its much stronger than a 504 and people take it seriously because its the law. My son got resource last year, but he did so well, they took him off it. I hope he still does ok, but I’m concerned. When we find the money, we will be hiring a private tutor in reading.

If you want to see the letter I wrote to get me son, who is also bright, an IEP, email me at this address and I will send you a copy of the letter I used to get my son and IEP eval: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I have given it out at least a dozen times, and I don’t mind giving it out again.

Whatever you do, don’t take your kid out and home school. You will probably go insane if you do. You can supplement until the strike is over, but don’t pull him out. We used IXL for math and language arts. The math is great. The language arts are pretty good.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
Sue H in PC, Ohio

Posted by SueH on Aug 28, 2014 at 12:57pm

I am homeschooling my grade 4 ADHD son.
I would homeschool all my kids if their dad would let me.
I feel like homeschool should be seen as the educational First prize, not the consolation prize for kids not meant to sit still and behave all day.
I would also add here that my son went to a really great school, had an IEP had a great teacher, but that never changed the fact that the school environment is too much for him.

For curriculum we are doing
All About Reading
Math U See
And minecrafthomeschool for social studies

Sorry that got long winded, I just wanted to put out a pro homeschool voice on the forum, because I think it could be a great option especially when i read about some of the struggles people are having with their kids schools.
Good luck and I’m sorry about the strike, I parented my oldest through a strike, and it is very divisive to the whole community, and that is hard

Posted by Anna from toronto on Aug 30, 2014 at 2:57pm

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