Monday, January 3, 2011

Working around learning disabilities

Unless you have sent your child to public school of some kind, you probably wouldn't label your child as having any learning disabilities. Most parents, if you are like me at all, just see your child as having trouble in an area and working on it until your child can understand the concept. Well as you know my boys did go to school and my oldest was labeled as having "learning disabilities" in Math and English. The two most important subjects for any child in school, I was crushed as a parent, thinking of the labels others would put on him. And in truth when he was in school those labels hindered him greatly in making friends because he went to a special class a couple times a week. I ,of course, knew that it took him longer to understand concepts and do the mountains of homework that he was given. These labels that he was given in kindergarten followed him from school to school and is one of the reasons we decided to pull him out of "regular school".

Since I do know that he has certain ways he can grasp new or hard concepts, I have tried to make it easier for him with very visual lessons. We have several online sites/programs that we use on a daily basis along with playing board games that cause him to think about his moves. Our main supplement curriculum uses funny cartoons to help teach the lessons, which often leave him laughing. We also find that playing games online for our tougher subjects helps both him and his brother retain the information much longer. One area that we have been working on since the beginning is spelling, and it is still a struggle for us. But once I found some fun spelling games to help with those spelling lists/tests we have every week, things have gotten a little easier for us all!

Homeschooling your child leaves you open to not having to label your child with having "learning disabilities". I know that my son is better off since we started homeschooling, oh don't get me wrong he still has issues learning new concepts. BUT now here at home he isn't afraid of asking for the help to understand the lessons, something that he would never have done in "regular school".

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