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Making an educational decision between homeschool vs public school is difficult when your child has no difficulties in the typical public school classroom. When your child has learning issues, the decision is almost overwhelming.

There are several factors to consider when looking at homeschool vs public school for your Learning Abled Kid.

Homeschool vs Public School Learning Considerations

Do you know enough about your child’s disability to know how he learns best and can you teach him that way?
Does your child’s public school teach your child in the way he learns, or do they use a general program with all kids?

Do you like being around your child if you were going to be homeschooling? You’ll be around your child 24/7.
Do you get excited about sending your child off to public school after summertime or vacation breaks?

Do you feel like your child would do better if you were homeschooling him?
Is your child struggling in public school, suffering from bullying or low self-esteem, or becoming convinced he can’t learn?

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Homeschooling You can teach your child in his own learning style, which makes learning more efficient.Your child doesn’t have to be “held back” in any area of learning because you can accelerate learning on one subject even if your child is receiving remedial instruction in another.

Closely related to the prior item, you can teach your child at widely varying grade levels depending upon his individual ability in each subject area.

Child can learn at own pace.

You can implement and use accommodations at will; you don’t have to have an IEP meeting or get approval to let your child use tools that will help him.

Social peers are often not aware of learning difficulties because the children are not educated together, thus there’s no social stigma with a Learning Disability.

Child can ask as many questions as he wants so he gains more understanding.

Child gets more opportunities for practice when there are fewer children.

No time is wasted on questions from other children when your child has already learned the subject matter.

“School Day” ends without additional need for homework, tutoring, therapies, etc. as they become part of the school day. This gives the child a chance to play and be a child!

Requires parental dedication and diligence to line up an appropriate program.Program selection and options can be overwhelming in the beginning.

Parental patience may be stressed when child struggles and parent must be able to calmly deal with learning difficulties.

No “off” time for teaching parent during the day.

Homeschooling families are primarily single-income families, which means making ends meet can be difficult.