While letting a child attend a regular schooling system can prove successful and helpful for the child, there is also a chance that it might simply not work out. Children with learning differences require a much more systematic and individualised learning process and sometimes a regular school might not be able to provide that.
Homeschooling allows the parent to create a learning process that is completely individual to the child’s needs and abilities. The child will feel much more at ease while learning with their parent and that can help the teaching process be more effective. In order to achieve a good result, the parent needs to be aware of just how a child with a learning difference learns.
Challenges of homeschooling
While this might seem like a great idea that will truly help your child learn and grow, you will need to be prepared to do a lot of research. It is unlikely that you will manage to find the best way to teach your child through the first article you read and you should definitely keep reading and improving your teaching techniques.
Along with that, you should also continuously search for new things to teach your child and find the right resources to use in order to make the learning process easier for your child. Before you withdraw your child from its regular school, it would be wise to talk to other home-schooling parents about their teaching schedule and make sure you understand and follow the regulations in place for child education.
Last but not least, you should know what boundaries you need to set when you are both the parent and the child’s tutor. This kind of relationship might be a little too complicated, especially if your child is young. You need to help them realise early on that studying time is important and that while you fully support them, you also expect them to respect you and listen to what you want to teach them.
Understanding your child’s needs
The very first thing you need to keep in mind is that every child is different and will have different needs. They might struggle more with reading than spelling and you will need to be prepared to work on these abilities individually.
A good idea is to consult an educational psychologist and work with them in order to accurately diagnose your child’s abilities and give you specific instructions on what you should focus on the most while teaching. At the same time, you can also use inclusive learning systems like Orthograph (spelling) or Calcularis (maths) these adapt to each individual child’s needs. These can really boost learning and children can use it independently, so it takes on some of the weight and stress homeschooling can bring.
This way, you will be able to know exactly how much time you will need to devote to each subject and you will find it a lot easier to search for new teaching techniques and learning exercises. The more familiar you become with your child’s learning needs, the better and more effective your teaching will be.
Individualising all studying areas
One of the most important things about homeschooling is how it allows the parent to individualise all studying areas. When there is no pressure to learn certain things on a certain day, the child is allowed to take their time to learn something new and actually understand and memorise it.
When it comes to spelling, reading, composition and comprehension, some children have trouble keeping up with the pace of a regular schooling system. Homeschooling doesn’t put the burden of constant comparison on the child and lets them develop their abilities in their own time.
This is the biggest reason why a traditional schooling system might not help some children grow. Not only will they constantly compare themselves to their peers but they will also feel discouraged to try harder when they see that being slow in certain areas might upset their classmates. Individualisation is an aspect of homeschooling that can really help a child come out of their shell and start learning without feeling the pressure to excel.
Making the learning process interactive with techniques that work
Homeschooling doesn’t restrict the child to the borders of a classroom. It gives the tutor/parent the opportunity to take the child on trips, teach them through videos, through music and other activities around the house and gives the chance to learn about something without having to only read about it.
All children benefit greatly from interactive ways of teaching. One of the things that are known about learning differences is that they tend to be multisensory learners. There are two things regarding this that you should keep in mind in order to set a good teaching technique.
On the one hand, your child may not be able to sit still and listen to you for long before they start thinking of something else. On the other hand, this gives you the opportunity to include multisensory content into your lesson and hold your child’s attention for longer.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that you will need to always explain what you will be learning during your learning session.
It is a good idea to use many different colours, materials and shapes while teaching them spelling or reading and that is something you can easily achieve through creating individual PowerPoint slides which your child will understand and enjoy. Audio files in the slides also add a great audiovisual element.
You should make sure you help your child understand how to keep notes during your classes. If they can’t manage to concentrate on keeping notes themselves at first, you should help them out by giving them notes you prepared beforehand. Mind-mapping techniques can be a great way to help them understand how to keep notes.
Homeschooling a dyslexic child without trouble
Being the tutor for your child simply means that you will have to be more creative while teaching them. Each child has individual needs when it comes to learning and by doing enough research and experimenting, you will be able to find what works best in order to help your child learn and grow.
Which techniques does your child benefit from the most?
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