5 Must-Read Articles for the Special Needs Homeschooling Mom
If you’re homeschooling a child with special needs, or thinking about starting this journey, you’re probably riding a roller coaster of emotion, with thoughts that don’t stop even after you fall into bed exhausted each night. Sometimes you just need some encouragement that you’re on the right track, that you can do this, that this is a good decision for your family and your child. If that’s you, reading these articles may give you the boost you need to keep going. Enjoy!
Home-schooling Does Not Hamper Socialization – This article by Dr. Laura makes my list because it addresses the socialization question, which I hate and which still comes up far more often than you would think. (The funny thing is that no one ever asks me about socialization until they find out my children are homeschooled. Until that point, they seem to think that my children are well-socialized. Go figure.) In the last paragraph, she also addresses homeschooling’s success with children who don’t learn well in traditional classroom situations.
Hip Homeschool Moms’ 100 Awesome Things About Homeschooling is a list for homeschooling families in general, but everything on it goes double for families homeschooling a child with special needs. It will definitely remind you of some of the whys behind your decision to homeschool.
Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs at Lemon Lime Adventures is not exactly an article, but it’s worth your time. It contains a link to the recording of iHomeschool Network’s panel discussion Homeschooling Special Needs Students. Real homeschool moms discuss what it’s really like to homeschool children with special needs.
Lara Molettiere’s Taking It Slow: The Power of Yet contains powerful encouragement for the days when you’re lamenting your child’s lack of (or extremely slow) progress and wondering if a public or private school could do this education thing better.
Whether you’re trying to decide whether to homeschool your child with special needs or have already started and are having a bad day, Can I Homeschool My Child? Discerning Homeschool Mom, You Can Do This! is a good reminder that you already have all the tools you need to homeschool your child, even if you don’t have all the answers yet.
If you’re looking for more inspiration and encouragement for homeschooling moms, check out the “must-read” lists other iHomeschool Network bloggers have compiled for you. (Goes live on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:00 am ET.)