Are you homeschooling your child that has been diagnosed with ADHD? If so, I would LOVE to hear about your experiences. My son is doing well academically at school. He is in the 2nd grade and in our state’s “gifted” program. However, in the past two years I have developed an interest in homeschooling. I realize this is not something everyone wants to do, nor is it financially possible for everyone.
I have many reasons as to why I do not want to homeschool at least for now, but it doesn’t stop me from reading about it for hours each week. I am not sure why I keep reading about it when right now I mentally could not do it (so beyond sleep deprived with my youngest child, etc). What I find appealing about homeschooling is the flexibility in schedule, being able to not be in a classroom all day, help tailor his education to his needs, give one on one attention, and much more. Why I couldn’t homeschool right now is the aforementioned sleep deprivation, fear of not providing everything my child needs to know, and fear of my child feeling like he “missed out” on the school experience.
With that being said, let’s talk about socialization. I do not buy into the argument that homeschooled children are not socialized. I absolutely believe homeschoolers are socialized assuming the kids actually see other children or other people. I don’t know about you, but I was one of the kids who was bullied by a few select kids every year for years. So my socialization in school had some good memories but many negative moments. Let’s just say I have no desire or interest in ever attending my high school reunions, which is sad. Homeschoolers can participate in groups, co-ops, take classes through university model schools, etc. For example, a school next to us allows homeschoolers to take one or as many classes as they want for their grade level. My point is that homeschoolers can absolutely be socialized too!
I love lurking on Practical Homeschooling’s Facebook page. If you are interested in homeschooling, I would start there as a source of information. I don’t know much else about homeschooling except what I read online, and three friends of mine started homeschooling in the past year. I would love to hear from you if you have homeschooled your child with ADHD. Let us know how it is working for you and your child!