This is another post about Homeschooling a ADD or
ADHD Child (again, because my son has ADHD I feel this topic is very important) At the bottom of this post you will find some awesome free resources to carry you along the way.
As homeschool parents we have many options available to us when teaching our children.
I have found the variety of resources are huge, but there are a few resources I have found that met my needs.
My son is very inteligent, but has ADHD. I hated seeing him struggle in school and I always had to take him to some kind of specialist (for the sake of the school- because they asked me to).
After meeting with his teacher several times, it became clear that the school was unable/unwilling to meet his needs to my satisfaction. Kids with ADD or ADHD need a place with few distractions, short bursts of learning followed by physical activity, structure and learning materials tailored to how they learn.
Learning times should be scheduled around when they learn best. The teachers always said to him it looked like he didn't listen to what they said, but when they asked him for the answer, he could answer them in their exact words.
I have found a couple of wonderful resources to help homeschooling a ADD or ADHD child. The second resource to help homeschooling a ADD or ADHD child can be the foundation of your homeschooling
curriculum: http://www.time4learning.com. Time4Learning provides a multimedia,
interactive experience for kids covering all basic subject areas. They now have high school as well.
For children with ADD and ADHD, you can break it down into snippets of 10 minute lessons, but the lessons are so interesting, they can keep your child's attention for longer.
Additionally, many of the lessons combine subjects. That is, the “
Arts” lessons are often on topics of health, science and history. This will help
ease your mind considerably, because you can know he/she is learning educational
material when he/she reads. The other advantage with Time4Learning
is that they set your child up at his/her grade level.
My son is despite the ADHD very intelligent. I always say that he has a photographic memory, because he can remember allot of things. With Time4Learning he can progress as fast as he can and still master the material, or he can have easy/review days and do grade-level work.
For parents: you can create an assignment book that links Time4Learning assignments to the skills they were supposed to learn.
You can also use this to record his/her grades for the school board to review each year. Their
customer service is very receptive to suggestions, they are regularly adding
new features and their customer support is prompt and courteous.
Another resource that might help you when homeschooling a ADD or ADHD child is http://www.education-world.com/. This site has TONS of
great ideas, printable worksheets and activities. Since kids with ADD/ADHD have
difficulty switching tasks, it is often preferable to have one “subject” per
day and present it in a variety of formats (reading about it, watching a movie
about it, applying it). This is great for reading skills which is the theory, seeing it - where the senses are included to help in remembering and applying it - the practical.
Other resources include:
Zane Education: http://zaneeducation.com
ABC Teach (create your own worksheets): http://www.abcteach.com/
These last resources in this Homeschooling a ADD or ADHD Child do not have a syllabus or curriculum, but they are FUN.
For a child with ADD or ADHD this is especially important. Some days they are
too stressed, tired or focused on something else to concentrate on “the
basics.” As long as this does not happen too often, it is fine to let your
child do an off-topic educational activity that he or she is interested in. It is can be about the following topics like wildlife (http://www.enature.com),
dinosaurs(KidsKnowIt) or space (). They learn from these as well, although it is not considered in the curriculum, they gain allot of knowledge - we are preparing them for life (outside the house) as well.
A suggestion is to set kid’s profiles up with icons on their desktops to only
the 5-10 sites they are supposed to go to. Children will often stay on the
computer for hours if they can. Children with ADD get overwhelmed if they have
too many choices and things to look at. This helps limit their distractions.
They can go from a child who would look at a page in a book and say “Far too
many words” to a child who reads to you and asks “Was I reading fluently
Mommy?” Between these all of these resources most any child and/or homeschool
family can find what they are looking for.
Last but not least even to help children who do not have ADD or ADHD, have you ever heard that classical music helps you to concentrate? I firmly believe that this is true, maybe because my mother used to play classical music while we studied for the exams (still on the plastic LP's - can you remember them?) I really felt it helped me to focus and remember. Do you know about focus@will? It is a great site built by awesome talented people. You can go have a look and listen to some great mind building music at https://www.focusatwill.com/music/#player
And the best is even if you aren't Homeschooling a ADD or ADHD child, but you have a ADD or ADHD child who is in a public school, you can help him or her by introducing them to these sights. They can only benefit from this and it will help them in their school work as well. Our children are a gift and we must always strive to give them the best in life.
I you found this article about Homeschooling a ADD or ADHD child helpful, I am sure if you know someone with a ADD and ADHD child they will also find it helpful, so they (and I) will appreciate it if you share this with them.
If you have any suggestions or comments, don't be afraid - leave them here.