10 Reasons to Homeschool Your Special Needs Child
Home schooling has grown in popularity in the last 10-15 years. With funding to public schools decreasing and class sizes increasing, many people believe they can give their child a better education at home.
Why Would You Homeschool Your Child?
Everyone has their own reasons that homeschooling works for their family. For some it’s family values. Others it’s freedom to travel. Many parents they just don’t want someone else to have that much control over their children’s lives. And some families, like ours, don’t want their children to be labeled or left behind.
Here’s Why I Homeschool my Kids
We have kids with special needs. Like every mom out there, I want my kids to be the best they can be. I don’t want them to be labelled. I don’t want them to hate learning because someone didn’t make it fun for them or take the time to make sure they really understand before moving on. School can be so overwhelming for them and a drain to their systems.
10 Reason to Homeschool Your Special Needs Child
- You can go at their own pace. Sometimes our kids need a little more time to catch on to facts. If you homeschool you can spend as much time on a subject as needed. Or if your child catches on quickly you can move on to another subject. You can review subjects as necessary.
- Curriculum choices are your own. You can choose what your child studies. The more interested they are with what they are learning the easier it is for them to learn. If your child does not learn from workbooks, you can find another way that does work for them. Maybe they are an auditory learner or maybe they need to touch and do to learn. You get to choose a curriculum that works for both of you.
- You have time to go to appointments. Special needs kids often have a lot of appointments to attend. When you home school you have lots of time to attend therapies or include them in your day.
- Lots of time for breaks. Often special needs kids need a lot of breaks. My kids need a lot of ‘brain breaks’ as they call them. They need to move around a lot. It’s very hard for them to sit and be quiet for long periods of time. Maybe your child needs to use the bathroom more frequently or maybe they like to learn while jumping on the trampoline. This is all possible when you home school your child.
- Teach to their learning styles. Once you figure how your child learns the best, you tailor their curriculum and education to fit them.
- Spend more time teaching life skills. Life Skills are so important when you have a special needs child. As a parent, you want your child to learn to get a long without you in the real world. This means you may have to teach your child life skills. Skills that typical children don’t have a problem catching on to, don’t come as easily to our kids.
- You can keep your child’s trusted routines and schedules the same. This is so important to kids with special needs. Any change in routine can cause so much disruption in their lives. It prevents them from learning all that they can.
- You don’t want them labeled. Often special needs kids are labeled in public school. Bad, stupid, lazy, disruptive. These labels are not okay and definitely not what I want for my kids.
- Time for field trips. I want my kids out there learning in the world. I want them experiencing life, history, and science first hand.
- The possibility of being mistreated at school. I have seen this being reported on the news so often lately and it’s awful! When you keep your child at home you know exactly who has access to your child at all times. It’s one less thing to worry about.
I know that homeschooling is not for everyone and it doesn’t solve every problem, but it’s been good fit for us. I would do it all over again! My kids are happier and I don’t fight with them to go to school every morning. What about you? Do you homeschool your kids? If not, have you thought of it? It just might change your life and your child’s.