May 172014
 

Overcoming Dyslexia through Homeschooling was Easier Than We Expected!

Overcoming Dyslexia via homeschoolingMy name is Sandy, and I’m the owner of Learning Abled Kids and the Learning Abled Kids’ Support Group.¬† I’m sharing our story of overcoming dyslexia through homeschooling as an encouragement for you.

I’m sharing the stories of my boys separately because each of their stories is different.. Each story may speak to a different mom–maybe this story of overcoming dyslexia will encourage you. ūüėČ

Question: Have you homeschooled from the beginning?

Sandy: “No, we actually started out sending our son to public school and had no intention of homeschooling.”

Question: What made you decide to homeschool?

Sandy:¬†“When we sent our oldest to school, he was a happy, talkative, smart little guy who loved sharing all kinds of information he learned from various sources.¬† We called him our ‘information sponge’ because he soaked up knowledge at every opportunity.

Unfortunately, when my son began public school, things went downhill fast and got worse from there.


“By October of his kindergarten year, he came home from school one day and asked me, ‘Why doesn’t my brain work right?’¬† He was so smart and so in tune to the world around him that he noticed he wasn’t like the other kids.

My son struggled immensely with reading and writing skills.  Other kids made fun of of our son, called him names, bullied him, and he was becoming more depressed as time went along.

By the end of fourth grade, my son wouldn’t look people in the eye, he’d hang his head, hardly speak, and I felt like we needed to rescue him or watch his life destruct right in front of us.¬† We were warned by our neuropsychologist that depressed, bullied kids often turn to “self-medication” (drugs), drop out of school, or become suicidal.

Basically we decided to homeschool to save our son from a tragic outcome.  He was clearly smart and had so much to offer the world, but his spirit was being destroyed at public school.

Question: Since you started out in public school, what issues and problems did you face with your children in school?

Sandy:¬†“Going into second grade, our son still couldn’t read. ¬†We got an independent evaluation, found out he had severe dyslexia along with a slow processing speed, working memory problems, and inattentive ADHD that was caused by his other learning issues.¬† We presented the neuropsychologist’s report to the school expecting they’d provide the needed reading services for overcoming dyslexia, but the school wouldn’t give¬†our son¬†help because they said, ‘He’s not failing yet.’

“We filed a due process suit to try to get reading services for overcoming dyslexia.¬† It took the entirety of our son’s second grade year to settle the lawsuit, after which our son’s reading services began.

Our son received reading services throughout third grade and fourth grade. However,¬†at th end of fourth grade, our son was still not reading according to our independent evaluator’s results.¬† Towards the end of fourth grade, the school wanted to cut back on our son’s reading services and suggested my husband and I ‘just lower our expectations.’¬† All the while we were contending overcoming dyslexia and our son just needed more intense reading instruction.

Our son was clearly a SMART guy, but he was having difficulty learning to read.¬†I believe in retrospect, it was because his program was not implemented properly. ¬†The bullying, the school’s low expectations, inadequate educational provisioning, and the lack of any meaningful educational progress led us to make the decision to homeschool.

Question: What is your personal level of education?

Sandy:¬†“I had my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems when we began homeschooling. ¬†Shortly before we began¬†to homeschool, I went and took a two-week, 56 hour Orton-Gillingham training course.

While homeschooling, I earned my Master’s Degree in Instructional Design, which helped me develop viable programs for my boys.¬† I wanted to quit my Master’s program at many points along the way, but my husband was insistent that I should not quit.¬† I’m very thankful now that I didn’t quit, but it was surely difficult at the time!”

Question: Did you feel well-qualified to teach your child before you began homeschooling?

Sandy:¬†“Truthfully, I didn’t feel qualified at all. However, I felt I could do no worse than our school had done in the five years my son was there!¬† Let’s face it.. He wasn’t reading after five years in school and overcoming dyslexia wasn’t going to happen if we left him in school.¬† If I homeschooled for five years and my son still wasn’t reading, I wouldn’t have done any worse than our¬†public school.¬† My goal was simply to do ‘better than the school.'” I didn’t even have a full expectation of¬†overcoming dyslexia. ¬†I simply wanted my son to be able to read at a basic level.

Question: What are some of the main struggles you faced when homeschooling your learning abled child?

Sandy:¬†“It was so hard in the beginning because my son was so beaten down, his response to almost everything was, ‘I can’t.’ ¬†His self-esteem was beaten down. He was convinced he couldn’t learn. I did not want to add a¬†smidgeon of discouragement, so I had to work really hard on myself to *always* remain upbeat and encouraging.¬† That was very difficult at times.

It was difficult to go through the reading instruction repetitively until my son mastered each phoneme, each spelling rule, and each word attack skill.¬† It was tedious and boring for me, but essential for my son to have the Orton-Gillingham instruction to make overcoming dyslexia possible.”

Question: What are the main benefits you experienced in homeschooling your learning abled child?

Sandy: “Awesome academic progress, the recovery of my son’s self-esteem and the return of his joyful spirit were the biggest benefits.¬† It took about three years for him to recover from the psychological devastation he experienced in school.

It also took about three years to take him from a non-reader to a reading level beyond 12th grade (he was in 7th grade when he achieved that reading level).  From there, my son began reading to learn, became an excellent student, and he surpassed any expectation we had when we began homeschooling.

An added benefit was the development of very close, loving family relationships within our family, and with his grandmas.  We were able to spend much more time together as a family, and our stress levels dropped dramatically within a very short time of leaving public school.

Homeschooling became a way of life that we all loved beyond any of our imaginings.¬† Although I felt like I was ‘forced’ to homeschool, I am blessed to have been able to homeschool. I am now very thankful we have traveled this journey.¬† My boys are highly successful,¬†and our family relationships are great as a result of working together on the challenge of overcoming dyslexia.”

Question:¬†What is your son’s educational outcome and what is he doing now?

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Sandy:¬†“We flew past the low expectations the school had.¬† My son tested at a 13+ Grade Equivalent reading level at the end of seventh grade, and by ninth grade he began earning college credits.

My son graduated from our homeschool program with 39 credit hours for college and went to college ranked as a Sophomore.¬† He received an Honors Scholarship that paid for housing and books, another merit scholarship to pay 100% of his tuition, he has been on the Dean’s list every semester, and has a Summa Cum Laude level GPA.

My son is now a college graduate, and he¬†graduated with high honors in 2014.¬† I couldn’t be prouder of the young man he has become and I can attest that¬†overcoming dyslexia is entirely POSSIBLE!”

Overcoming Dyslexia Is Possible for YOU TOO!

I’ve written “The Dyslexia Help Handbook for Parents: Your Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia Including Tools You Can Use for Learning Empowermentovercoming dyslexia through homeschooling,” based upon everything I know from our journey overcoming dyslexia, my Master’s Degree, and from helping hundreds of parents who are homeschooling their Learning Abled Kids.

Grab this inexpensive book to get started overcoming dyslexia in your child. You can help your child at home whether you homeschool or not. Anything you can do to help your child will be well worth your time. Who knows, you may even create your own fabulous homeschooling success story! Check out other stories of overcoming learning disabilities through homeschooling.

Aug 182013
 
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Homeschool Success Stories From Learning Abled Kids

Do you think you have to be full of patience, totally organized, and super smart to successfully homeschool your children? NAAAAHHHHHH.. Ordinary moms, JUST LIKE YOU have enough patience, and smart enough to homeschool their kiddos.

You can find hope through homeschool success stories about learning abled kids whose educational outcomes were transformed through homeschooling.

Since you are concerned about your child’s education (you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t), you probably have considered homeschooling as an option. You may be uncertain because of your child’s unique learning needs or have self-doubts.

Whether your child has learning disabilities, is gifted, or both, you may feel unqualified to homeschool, BUT REGULAR moms with all kinds of backgrounds have created homeschool success stories!

Moms like you, who are dedicated to the well-being of their children, can create homeschool success stories because you’re passionate about your child’s education.¬†Your love for your child will allow you to do what is best for your child in spite of any fears or uncertainty you may feel.

We’re gathering homeschool success stories to share with you. We hope to have more homeschool success stories, so if you have one, feel free to comment to be contacted about an interview.

Each of the moms below have homeschooled a child with challenges and experienced great educational outcomes. We’ve all created our own homeschool success stories.

If you read our stories, you may find your child’s story somewhere within these pages. Maybe one day your homeschool success stories will be featured here too! I’d love to feature you and your child’s great outcomes. ūüėČ

Sandy’s Homeschool Success Story, Son #1: Overcoming Bullying, Depression, and No Academic Progress to A High Achieving College Student

Sandy’s Homeschool Success Story, Son #2: Gifted, Impulsive, and ADHD Equals A Challenging, but Great Homeschooling Adventure

KellieS’s Homeschool Success Story: From Homeschool to President’s List with a 4.0 GPA

Jenny’s Homeschool Success Story: From Anxiety and Learning Disabilities to College through Homeschooling

Our Original Homeschool Success Story: Overcoming Learning Disablities through Homeschooling

Join Moms who are Creators of Homeschool Success Stories!

If you’d like to learn more about the possibilities of creating your own Homeschool Success story through homeschooling, feel free to join one of our Learning Abled Kids’ Homeschooling Support Groups.

We have a Yahoo Homeschooling Support Group that operates primarily through email. You can join the Learning Abled Kids’ homeschooling support group, with more than 1600 members, at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LearningAbledKids/info

We also have a Private Facebook Support Group. You can join the Facebook homeschooling support group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LearningAbledKids

Get started on your own Homeschool Success Story today! ūüėÄ

Aug 172013
 

Our Homeschooling ADHD Gifted Education Journey

Homeschooling ADHD My name is Sandy. I’m the owner of Learning Abled Kids and the Learning Abled Kids’ Support Group.¬† This is my second Mom-to-Mom story in the series of homeschooling success stories.

This is the story of our Homeschooling ADHD journey. It began when my gifted, active son begged me to homeschool him!

I’m sharing this¬†story to¬†encourage you. I know the decision for¬†homeschooling ADHD is a big step. I hope our story will help you see the good in¬†homeschooling ADHD kids. ūüėČ

The questions are in bold. My answers about homeschooling ADHD are listed below each question.

Have you homeschooled from the beginning?

Sandy: “No, we sent¬†our sons to public school. I had never considered¬†homeschooling. Our oldest went to public school for five years. My young went for three years. ¬†We began to think about¬†homeschooling ADHD when my young was in¬†second grade.”

What made you decide to take this homeschooling ADHD course?

Sandy:¬†“Early in second grade, my son began asking me, “Why won’t you homeschool me?” “Why can’t we homeschool?” “Can I learn long division?” Et cetera.¬† Our Young Son began hating school. He begged to learn things beyond what they were willing to teach him in school.¬†He was in the gifted program, but the learning pace was too slow for him.

His teacher said they didn’t want to teach him more¬†in second grade because “he’ll be even more bored next year!”¬† That was probably true. ¬†Unfortunately, it was also¬†a disservice to our son to hold him back educationally.

My son’s begging to homeschool (I still wonder where he got that idea from because I surely did NOT give it to him!). The¬†‘issues’ my son had with school led my husband and I to consider homeschooling as a solution.¬† We decided to homeschool because our young son wanted it and our oldest son clearly needed it.

Since you started out in public school, what issues and problems did you face with your children in school?

Sandy:¬†“When we sent our young son to school, he was our active “human tornado.” He¬†was constantly on the go. He had a quick wit and smarts well beyond his years.¬†My son was identified and placed into the gifted program. The gifted program was a pull-out program at our school.

In second grade math, the class was working on addition and subtraction. My son could work 100 problems faster than his teacher had ever seen.  She was fascinated by his skill. So my son repeatedly did these pointless drills to see if he could go faster than the previous time. His teacher was amazed by his speed. It kept my son doing something, but he was bored with the repetition.

My son already taught himself multiplication and he wanted to learn long-division.  So, I taught him long division *one day* when he was sick at home. At that point I realized my son could zoom further ahead if we just taught him whatever he was interested in learning.

“In addition to young son being held back academically, he began clowning around in class. He was bored waiting on the other children, and creatively entertained himself.¬† Given his ADHD, he would act without thinking.

My son started getting to visit the principal’s office pretty often. ¬†I became concerned because the school was starting to label him as a “bad boy.”

The reality¬†was, my son was a very bright, energetic, and bored to death! He spent a lot of time¬†sitting in a desk waiting for others to finish worksheets he finished awhile ago.¬† The public school just did not meet my son’s individual learning or ADHD needs, so we began our homeschooling ADHD trip.

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What is your personal level of education?

Sandy:¬†“I had my B.S degree in Computer Science¬†when we began homeschooling.¬† While homeschooling, I earned my M.S. Degree in Instructional Design. My M.S. degree¬†helped me develop great¬†programs for my boys.¬† I wanted to quit my Master’s program, but my husband was insistent that I should not quit.¬† I’m very thankful that I didn’t quit, but it was difficult to be Homeschooling ADHD and going to college myself!”

Did you feel well-qualified to teach your child before you began homeschooling?

Sandy:¬†“Truthfully, I did not.¬† I was TERRIFIED of homeschooling. The thought of being fully responsible for my boys’ educations concerned¬†me.

Still, I knew public school was not helping either of my boys.¬† I went into homeschooling thinking¬†we would put the boys back into public school after a few years at home.¬† I was not at all confident of my abilities.”

What struggles did you you face when homeschooling ADHD?

Sandy:¬†“My young son was a challenge because he was always wanting to know why he had to do his schoolwork. He wanted to play instead and informed me I was a boring teacher!¬†That smacked my pride a bit, but it also helped me work to¬†meet his needs better.

My¬†Young Son was an active learner.¬†He flipped over the arms of chairs, bounced around, and moved all over the place when we were trying to work on his lessons. ¬†He was moving all the time, but he could answer my questions. It was clear he was learning, so I let him flip to his heart’s content. He was a happy homeschooling ADHD kid. That meant¬†I was a happy mom!”

What benefits did you experience when homeschooling ADHD?

Sandy: “For my young son, I think we kept¬†him from developing a hatred of¬†school. Although, he didn’t ever love it, I think homeschooling ADHD helped my son¬†stay in school until graduation. ¬†If he’d been in public school, I’m pretty sure he would have had bigger issues down the road. ¬†It was clear the school wasn’t going to change¬†what they did¬†just to help my son.

I think we also avoided him feeling like a “bad boy.” That was the mindset of the school when they called me into the principal’s office.

At home one of the greatest benefits in homeschooling ADHD was my son’s ability to move–constantly–while doing his school work. He wore me out with his level of ‘go energy,’ but being able to expend that energy allowed him to be happy and well-adjusted.¬† Homeschooling ADHD allowed us to avoid medication for his ADHD. I was willing to teach him while he was moving, so¬†he learned without issues from his ADHD.

Another great benefit was our ability to excel my son’s math program. My son was able to take college-level courses during high school.

We developed a wonderful¬†appreciation for each other too.¬† My young son is a loving, insightful individual. His academic abilities were served well through our homeschooling ADHD journey.”

What is your son’s educational outcome and what is he doing now?menforweb

Sandy:¬†“My young son graduated from our homeschooling ADHD quest¬†with 36 credit hours for college. He went to college ranked as a Sophomore.¬† He has¬†a merit scholarship for most¬†of his tuition. He arrived at¬†college with a 3.80 GPA.¬† He is currently in college and continuing to do well.

I am very proud of the young man my son is. I know he will do¬†well in college. He was well-trained to work with his ADHD through our homeschooling ADHD training. I think my son¬†has a great future as a leader ahead!”

Check out other homeschool success stories of overcoming learning disabilities.

Aug 172013
 

Homeschool to President’s List with 4.0 GPA

Welcome to another one of our homeschooling special needs success stories.

I’d like to introduce you to my long-time friend and active member of the Learning Abled Kids’ Support Group, Kellie.


I’ve known Kellie since the beginning of my homeschooling days.¬†Since she and I were both homeschooling special needs, we connected with each other.

Homeschooling Special Needs Kids Provides Safety and GREAT Educational Outcomes

Kellie has agreed to share her homeschooling special needs story in hopes that it may be an encouragement for you. If your child has medical issues and/or learning disabilities, this story of homeschooling special needs may help you.

Have you been homeschooling special needs from the beginning?

Kellie: “I have four children. Our oldest attended public school for K, 1st, and 2nd grades. Our other children have never attended any school other than our home school. Our second and fourth child have learning differences.”

What made you decide to begin homeschooling special needs?

Kellie: “I had a desire to home school from the time our oldest child was very young.¬† I could not imagine sending a five year old off to spend the entire day with strangers.¬† It broke my heart.

Over those three years, we saw so many flaws in the one-size-fits-all government school system.  Our final reasons to home school included moral and religious reasons plus the intrusion their schedule imposed on our family schedule.  We also saw that there was no way our second child could flourish in such a system.

The final blow was when the school system would not cooperate with his special needs surrounding his severe food allergies.¬† Those were the years when school shootings became issues for our nation too.¬† Safety was a great concern.”

Since you started out in public school, what issues and problems did you face with your children in school?

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Kellie: “Our oldest child was sick a lot.¬† He caught strep throat approximately every 8 weeks.¬† He had to have his tonsils out.¬† The school was over the top about his absences.¬† Our state was cracking down on truancy at the time.¬† We were threatened with truancy charges even though our son had a doctor’s excuse for every absence and the teacher actually visited the hospital.

He had to have two other surgeries in those three years and also contracted mono which put him out of school for over two months.¬† It was ironic to us that though we were being threatened, his teachers said it wasn’t necessary for him to do make up work because even in missing 40 to 50 days of school, ‘he wasn’t missing much.’¬†These issues only scratch the surface of the many appalling problems we witnessed in the system.”

What is your personal level of education?

Kellie: “My husband and I each graduated high school and attended college.¬† Neither of us graduated college.”

Did you feel well-qualified to teach your child before you began homeschooling special needs?

Kellie: “I felt qualified in that I couldn’t do worse than the public school was doing and was quite sure I could do a better job.¬† There have been moments over the years that I was less prepared than I had hoped, but still sure that our choice to home school was best.¬† I think most of struggle with doubts from time to time and sometimes those doubts linger for a bit.¬† I certainly don’t regret our choice to homeschool.”

What struggles did you face when homeschooling special needs?

Kellie: “There was no map to follow, no play-by-play guide.¬† Choosing curriculum was often hit or miss.¬† Feeling as if I didn’t know which way to turn to make sure my child met his potential was difficult.¬† There was a sadness at times.¬† The home school community was not as well connected for most of my home school years as it is now.¬† It was difficult to find information on home schooling in general much less for teaching a learning abled child.”

What benefits did you experience in homeschooling your special needs child?

Kellie: “There were many wonderful experiences.¬† I had time to talk, really talk, daily.¬† I think quality time being what our kids need is a myth.¬† They need quantity.¬† They need face time.¬† I was not able to protect him from everything wrong in the world, but I did shield him from much of the negative effects of placing a learning abled child in a public school setting.¬† He also got much more time with his father and grandparents while home schooling than we could have achieved with a public school schedule.”

What is your son’s educational outcome and what is he doing now?

Kellie: “He graduated from our home school on time and dual enrolled in technical college during his last semester of high school.¬† He was on the President’s List with a 4.0 GPA.¬† His plans are to continue his course of study to completion.¬† He will soon be 19.¬† He is responsible and confident.¬† The confidence is a very new development.

“It is never too late.¬† We have been told by college officials and employers that he is well liked,¬†valued, industrious¬†and respected.¬† Most of all, I’m happy to report that he is happy.”

If you find this story inspiring, please leave a comment below telling how Kellie’s story encourages you. I’m sure she would love knowing her son’s story is inspirational to others.

Check out other homeschooling special needs success stories of overcoming learning disabilities through homeschooling.

Also, if you’re concerned about legal issues in homeschooling special needs kids, check out the HSLDA homeschooling special needs page.

Jul 232013
 

If you’re looking for Inspirational Stories About Homeschooling, WE Have Them!

If you’re specifically interested in SUCCESS-based inspirational stories about homeschooling kids with learning disabilities, check out our success stories from moms who have had GREAT results homeschooling. They are among the most inspirational stories about homeschooling, particularly if your child has a learning disability.

Other Inspirational Stories about Homeschooling

The inspirational stories about homeschooling that are listed below are homeschooling encouragement stories. The articles were written from the heart, based upon how homeschooling helps kids.

The most inspirational story of all MAY be your OWN story! Check out Overcome Your Fear of Homeschooling with Insider Informationinspirational stories about homeschooling to see about creating inspirational stories about homeschooling your own child.

Overcoming Learning Disabilities through Homeschooling – Modified speech given at the Parent Leadership Institute August 2011.

You CAN Homeschool Your Learning Challenged Child

http://reliableanswers.com/hs/learning_challenged_child.asp – Published: October 7, 2005

Learning Disabilities and Homeschool Jitters

http://www.homeschooldiner.com/specials/special_needs/jitters_sandy_cook.html – Published: December 2005

If after reading these inspirational stories about homeschooling, you still have any doubts, I HIGHLY recommend reading the Overcome Your Fear of Homeschooling book. Before we started homeschooling, I had a lot of misconceptions based upon stereotypes against homeschoolers. TRULY, homeschooled kids are among some of the most delightful, respectful, and often very happy kids. They are often confident and well-spoken too.

As homeschooling becomes more popular, it also represents a more typical set of kids, from K-12. GONE are the days of “odd” homeschoolers who homeschooled based primarily upon religious beliefs. People homeschool for a LOT of different reasons today. Check out our “Homeschooling Statistics : Learning Abled Kids’ Poll Data Results” to learn more about WHO homeschools and WHY!

Jul 232013
 

Home Education: How it CAN be the answer to your prayers!

You CAN Homeschool Your Child, EVEN if he or she has learning disabilities, is twice exceptional or is a gifted learner.

Here’s one of the questions I’m most frequently asked: “Can I homeschool my child? He (she) has learning disabilities.”


My answer is an emphatic, “YES! You CAN homeschool your child. Plus, he or she will probably learn better than he could in a traditional school setting.”

By the simple fact that you will be providing your child with one-on-one, direct instruction, your child will progress faster than he could in a traditional classroom.

Heebie Jeebies about Home Education

Parents are often terrified at the thought of having to meet the special learning needs of a child with learning disabilities. They THINK home education is hard to do or they need an education degree. They may think their child will be unteachable.

Truthfully, if you can work basic math problems, read, and write, you CAN teach your child. It is NOT rocket science. A lot of school administrators want you to THINK it is. However, if you can say, “The letter A represents the sound /a/,” (sound of ‘a’), then you CAN teach your child to read. You just have to systematically teach every letter and letter combinations, and the sounds they represent. Using a GREAT Reading Program designed for overcoming reading disabilities is not that hard.. It just takes time and consistent effort (daily) on your part.

You may also be concerned about whether you are ‘qualified’ to provide a home education to your child.

Again, I say, “YES!” Did you know that very few classroom teachers have any specialized training in teaching children with learning disabilities? In college, students studying to become teachers are generally required to take one special education class. The topic of that class is “How to recognize special need or learning disabilities”. The class only teaches recognition, not remediation. This is why so many children ‘fall through the cracks’ in traditional classrooms — the teachers are just not qualified to meet the child’s specific learning needs.

Generally speaking, you are as capable of teaching your child as any general education classroom teacher. Specialists in Special Education Resource classes may, or may not, have special education backgrounds. They may not be qualified to teach your child. MANY school districts place general education teachers into Resource Room settings simply because they need a teacher for that room. Some teachers are specially trained and qualified to be Resource Room teachers. However, whether or your child’s teacher has training specific to your child’s needs is yet another issue.

Basically, chances of getting a highly qualified teacher able to meet your child’s specific needs in a typical school setting are not that great. No Child Left Behind does seek to increase that possibility. It’s not a cure-all for the woes of schools though. ūüėČ

SPECIFICALLY speaking, there was a study of homeschooled kids with ADHD that showed kids taught at home by moms with high school diplomas learned MORE than kids taught in special education classes by teacher’s with master’s degrees! WOW! TRULY, this study showed the kids engaged in home education learned more in all areas because they were more academically engaged, taught one-on-one by responsive moms. Also, the moms have a “CAN DO” attitude in their teaching. The school personnel often focus on what a child CAN’T do (another study by Jacque Ensign).

So, if you decide Home Education is for YOUR child, where do you begin?

Three Home Education resources that will help you extensively:

1) The Internet – There are any number of home education resources for helping parents get acquainted with the idea of homeschooling a child with special learning challenges. There are special resource sites for just about any learning difficulty.

This site provides links, curriculum resources, a support group, and other information that can help you get started teaching a child. If your child has a Specific Learning Disability such as ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, mild Asperger’s, mild Autism, check out our resources.

If your child has a physical impairment, such as blindness, deafness, Cerebral Palsy, etc., you can find home education resources specific to your child by searching for “<your child’s disability> and Homeschool”

2) Your Local Library – Libraries are great places to find books about homeschooling in general. You can find books about your child’s specific learning challenge, teaching methods, and even books about homeschooling a special needs child. If you learn about a book that you think would be helpful, but your local library doesn’t have the book, ask your librarian about “Inter-Library Loans.” Most libraries offer this inter-library loan services. They will borrow the book from a library that has the book. Then you can check it out from your library. It can take longer to get the book, but I have found I can get just about ANY book I want to read this way. You can also search for the book on Amazon to find what you need. They have a wider selection than any single library.

3) Local Support Groups – If you live in a large metropolitan area, there are likely to be all kinds of home education support groups around town. You may even be able to find one specific to homeschooling children with learning difficulties. If you live in a smaller community without many resources, your likelihood of finding a special needs group are slimmer. However, you can probably still find a home education support group nearby. Just search for “homeschool” along with your community’s, city’s, county’s, or general region’s name.

Unfortunately, if you live in a truly remote location, you probably won’t find people to meet with regularly, but you can get lots of help from home education groups on the Internet. A good place to start is the Learning Abled Kids Yahoo group at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LearningAbledKids/ . As with item #1 above, the group is specific to homeschooling children with Specific Learning Disabilities. You can find other Yahoo Support Groups by searching Yahoo Groups for “<your child’s disability> and Homeschool”.

Most parents who begin homeschooling a child with Learning Challenges are concerned about being able to meet their child’s specific education needs at home. You know your child better than anyone on this great planet. Therefore, no one is more qualified than YOU to meet your child’s needs.

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Home education isn’t for the faint-hearted though, as it is considerable work, but the rewards are hefty when you see your child leap forward. You will see many, many leaps forward through consistent homeschooling practices.. Many more than you would see in a traditional classroom setting. ūüėČ

I hope I’ve answered some of your basic questions about getting started with home education. If you find you need additional help, Check the menu options on Learning Abled Kids, check out the resources and join our group. Everyone will chime in help you as best we can!

Best Wishes in getting started with your child’s home education,
Sandy

Jul 232013
 

Are you Thinking about homeschooling?

Let our Homeschooling Success Stories encourage you!

In the Spring of my young son’s second grade year, he was BEGGING us to homeschool him. My older son had been in school for five years and had learning disabilities. His struggles made public school an awful experience for him.

Honestly, I was TERRRRRIIIFIIED by the thought of homeschooling a child with learning disabilities. I didn’t know any homeschoolers or any Homeschooling Success Stories.


My Homeschooling Fears:

What if I failed to meet my child’s learning needs?
What if I did worse than the school?
What if we fought all the time?
What if my sons end up hating me?
How will I deal with the tantrums?

I was scared of homeschooling a child with learning disabilities. However, I believed if I homeschooled one son, I NEEDED to homeschool my other son.

Neither of my sons were having their learning needs met. My older son’s self-esteem was crushed and he was making NO progress in school.

My boys had been in public school for five years. We battled with school issues CONSTANTLY. If I wasn’t battling with the school to get special education services, we were fighting with our boys.

My older son’s self-esteem shifted downward every year he was in special education. I was fighting with his “can’t learn” attitude. He has a HIGH IQ, but the school had him convinced he couldn’t learn!

My husband and I were in distress because we knew our son’s potential was being ignored in school. It was SOOOOO much less stressful when we started homeschooling. I think the reduced stress on families adds to many Homeschooling Success Stories.

It seemed like homeschooling a child with learning disabilities would be hard. I soon learned it is MUCH LESS stressful for everyone in the family to school at home.

The Beginning of My Boys’ Homeschooling Success Stories

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When we began homeschooling, my older son’s stopped having tantrums over school work. Homework had been awful because he was soooo tired from his awful days at school. He was bullied and belittled at school and that took it’s toll.

Things were so much more peaceful when we began homeschooling. To my surprise, homeschooling wasn’t as hard as it seemed like it’d be. We didn’t know it, but we had begun writing our own Homeschooling Success Stories!

After homeschooling for a few months, my bright, happy, eager-to-learn child was coming back. He started becoming the joyful child I had sent off to kindergarten years earlier.

My son’s depression lifted. He became mentally ‘available’ for learning. My son was even willing to work on tasks he had difficulty with, like reading. Our Homeschooling Success Stories were under way! YAY!

When my son was upset, I’d say, “I know this is hard, but let’s work on this together.” It was important to be encouraging and supportive for him.

We spent HOURS working on reading. In our first two years of homeschooling, my son’s reading level went from a 0.9 grade equivalent (GE) to a 10.0 GE! TEN grade levels in two years! Now THAT’s worthy of becoming one of the Homeschooling Success Stories.

It is amazing what understanding, patient, one-on-one, instruction can do for a child who struggles. I think patience and an understanding attitude were just as important as the instruction. Positive words kept my child willing to learn.

If you are considering homeschooling a child with learning disabilities, it is a difficult decision. However, you should remember your decision doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing, forever decision. If you decide to homeschool, then find out it is NOTHING like you expected, you can change your mind back again.

The idea that I could change my mind was the thread I hung onto when I began homeschooling. Things went so well, I soon got out my scissors and snipped that thread right in half! There was no going back once our Homeschooling Success Stories had taken hold.

Homeschooling a child with learning disabilities turned out to be the best educational decision we had ever made! Overcome your fear of homeschooling too!overcome fear of homeschooling success stories

Check out other Homeschooling Success Stories to see BOTH of my son’s great Homeschooling Success Stories..

Best Wishes for adding to Learning Abled Kids’ Homeschooling Success Stories,
Sandy
(You can do this! I know you can!)

Jul 232013
 

The Beginning of Our Journey in Overcoming Learning Disabilities

Overcoming Learning Disabilities“He may never read well and he certainly is NOT college material! You just need to lower your expectations!” an administrator barked at me in an IEP meeting.

Our Story: From BAD Public School Experiences to Overcoming Learning Disabilities

When I sent my oldest son off to kindergarten at our local public school, he was a bubbly, talkative, outgoing child who loved learning.

He was a walking encyclopedia of Science. He loved learning about animals, nature, and all things dinosaur.

After five years in public school, my son was sullen and depressed. He cried in the evenings after school. He wouldn’t look people in the eye, and he hardly spoke a word to anyone. He was convinced he was incapable of learning.


What happened between Kindergarten and the end of fourth grade?

My son was diagnosed with learning disabilities. He was kicked on the playground, had his head bashed into the concrete to “knock some sense into him”, was called moron by his peers, and told by his teacher not to bother to do assignments because he couldn’t do them anyway.

When I expressed concern that my son was going into fifth grade and still couldn’t read, one of the administrators said my son would probably never learn to read well. It was obvious she had no belief that overcoming learning disabilities is possible.

In an IEP meeting, the administrators and teachers literally laughed out loud when I said I thought my son was gifted and wanted to go to college.

An administrator snapped at me, “He is NOT college material! You just need to lower your expectations!”

My son was bullied, belittled, and devalued almost every day at school.

He made no meaningful educational progress during his five years in public school. He still couldn’t read after five years, and my son’s joyful, eager-to-learn spirit was crushed.

After that, we withdrew our boys from public school. We wanted our boys to have a better chance in life than the school personnel’s limiting beliefs would allow. At that time, I had doubts that overcoming learning disabilities was possible, but I knew I had to try for the sake of my son and his future.

Although I had no background in education, I figured I could do no worse than the public school.

Homeschooling Made Overcoming Learning Disabilities Possible

I read everything I could about my child’s disabilities, his learning style, and about the best way to teach him.¬†I prayed–a LOT.

God’s placement of the right people and tools in my path¬†was an important part of our success story. God answered my prayers in a way that was far BIGGER than I ever anticipated.

Overcoming learning disabilities was born out of knowing my son was ABLE to learn and seeking God’s guidance. I believed in my son’s ABLED-ness. Educationally, he needed what every child needs:

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Homeschool Graduate

Do you want to know how well homeschooling works for Overcoming Learning Disabilities?

After eight years of homeschooling, my son was accepted at every college he applied to.  He enrolled at a large state-run research University where he received an Honors Scholarship and fully paid tuition.

On the ACT college entrance exam, my son’s composite score was at the 95th percentile. He scored at the 97th percentile in math and at the 99th percentile in Science.

He started his first year of college ranked as a SOPHOMORE with 39 credit hours earned while he was being homeschooled through high school.

My son was on the Dean’s list almost every semester. During his senior year he made straight A’s, putting him on the President’s List for the entire year. He was invited to join three National Honor’s Societies at college. He joined two of them.

My son graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree!

CLEARLY my son IS “college material.”

He just needed to be taught with love, encouragement, patience, and compassion, just like every other child needs. There is no doubt in my mind that God set me on the right path to rescue my son from a terrible educational outcome.

It’s sad to me that our school couldn’t see my son’s potential.¬†I also think it’s a national disgrace that many people fail to see the potential in learning abled kids.

Our schools need to realize overcoming learning disabilities is entirely possible with proper identification of a child’s needs, proven instructional programs, proper teaching, and lots of positive encouragement.

If you need to save your child from educational neglect, I recommend you take matters into your own hands. I’ve written about the methods we used in The Dyslexia Help Handbook for Parents: Your Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia Including Tools You Can Use for Learning EmpowermentDyslexia Help Handbook for Parents book dyslexic dyslexie books.

By meeting your child’s educational needs, you will give your child his very life–A life full of hope with a future where the sky is his limit. Your passion for your child’s education will make a difference for your child’s future. You may even find success overcoming learning disabilities like we did! ūüėÄ

homeschool for overcoming learning disabilitiesOvercoming Learning DisabilitiesPlease become an advocate for your child, believe in him, and teach him according to his needs–not by doing what is easy. Don’t let your child flounder in school year after year. Please DO something–anything–you can to help your child. He’s counting on you!

Check out our FREE Special Education Guidebook Online and see how we overcame dyslexia through homeschooling.

Doubt you can homeschool? DON’T dismiss the idea without reading: Overcome Your Fear HomeschoolingOvercoming Learning Disabilities.¬† It’s a LOT easier to homeschool a Learning Abled Kid than you may think!!

Each child is a gift from God and an opportunity for you to learn and grow. I know I have grown in countless ways by teaching my child. You too will grow in compassion, patience, love, and understanding if you look at your child as a precious opportunity to build a future for your child and family. ūüėČ

Check out other stories of overcoming learning disabilities through homeschooling.

Best of Luck and BELIEVE that Overcoming Learning Disabilities is POSSIBLE! ūüėÄ

Jul 112013
 

I just watched a Denis Waitly success video which I wanted to share with all of you. Believe in your child and help your child believe in his self.¬† Dreams are what reality is made of if you set goals and go after your dreams.¬† You won’t regret spending the time watching this video.. it will help you believe in the possibilities for your child and his future. (The video opens in a new window.)

Winners Focus on Results – Denis Waitly – The Winner’s Edge

This brings to mind a mom I was chatting with two days ago.  She is living the success story of homeschooling her child just like we did. She was told by school officials that her son would never read, and this week he is reading his first novel. I remember when my son read his first novel.

Do not despair during the early struggle days in teaching your child to read.  Just believe in your self and believe in your child.  Set goals for teaching your child.  How will you teach and what will you teach?  What does your child like reading about and how does he learn best?  If you are purposeful about the process of teaching your child to read, you can be successful! GO FOR IT!