There is no one size fits all for teaching and learning. I can't stress the importance of finding what works best for your child. Thinking and doing what works well for child will bring joy and satisfaction. Remember each child is one of kind so no one form of teaching, and learning will do. Develop a partnership with your teachers, specialists and doctors to share and gain a good sense and insight to what will work best for your child. You want everyone to see and understand the bright light you see in your child.
One of the keys to comfort and sanity is "Keep it Simple." Keep your schedule as simple as possible to help you easily keep track. Use an event calendar to help you keep up. We all know time flies! When uncontrolled events invade your day, remember you can still follow your TENTATIVE schedule. Widen your margins and stay flexible. Always recognize what you DID accomplish for the day. Give yourself credit! Praise yourself!
After teaching for several years and then transitioning to homeschooling, I still experienced anxiety about teaching my own children. I knew that teaching my own child was very different than teaching other people's children. I needed to make a connection with other mothers for my peace of mind and to gain insight to homeschooling. I made connections through the homeschool community. I needed to know I wasn't alone and there were others who could relate. Get connected!
Check out this great video! Dr. Phillips and Melanie Oats (Founder of HFAR- Here For A Reason) talk real about parenting children with special needs.
Melanie is a nonprofit founder, speaker and an advocate for special needs families, including her own. She is a single mother to a set of twins, both with their own unique medical needs. One is living with autism and the other has a rare genetic disorder which requires 100% dependence on an adult. Melanie understands, first-hand, the challenges associated with managing the needs of a medically complex child. As a working mother in corporate America, she quickly realized that there are convoluted guidelines and restrictions built into the health insurance system that often negatively impact the ability of some families to secure adequate care. After countless hours of research and advocacy, she found a way to secure round the clock in-home care for her daughter without compromising her employment. With her abundance of knowledge and resources, she now teaches and empowers families on what they can do to become the best advocate for themselves and for those they are caring for.
We all learn differently. Some students learn best when doing, others learn best when hearing. Identify how your student learns best by just asking your student what works best for him or her. When you have little ones, observe and connect through play.
Motivation can be driven by interest or one's talent. Utilize your child's interest by allowing him or her to help grasp concepts. For example, allow your child to draw, video, or record what they learn. Find out what works best for your child.
Seek out the bright side of your situation and provide the necessary support and care to ensure your child is secure and comfortable in the learning environment. Allow yourself flexibility in the schedule and have something for you and your child to look forward to at the end of the week. Celebrate your success and reflect.
1. Get connected with a support group or friends
2. Create more than one learning space
3. Communicate with your teacher-share what works best for your child
4. Make a TENTATIVE schedule
5. Plan something fun for Fridays-have something to look forward to
6. Be FLEXIBLE so you and you child can be happy!
7. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Check out this great video!
Here you will find the parent questionnaire, educational resources, and helpful research articles. Feel free to download and save. Each printable provided here was purchased from Teacherpayteachers and available right here for free.
Parent-QuestionnaireBH4k (1)2 (pdf)Download
Sample homeschool schedule1 (pdf)Download
color square graphic organizer template-3 (pdf)Download
Teaching through Text Sets (pdf)Download
Check out this great video on brain exercises. Pick and choose at least 2 to practice.