If you missed the first part of this duo on making the homeschool decision, you can catch up here.
Connection trumps everything. Stay connected at all cost. Your relationship is not worth losing over the check boxes in your history curriculum. Without felt safety, a child cannot learn anyway.
Think multi-sensory. The more parts of the body that are engaged, the more likely your child will retain it. This is especially true of children who are still mastering English or have language processing delays. Additionally, multi-sensory stimulation can be a necessity with kids who have sensory processing challenges. Schedule sensory diet breaks into your day using activities from a book like The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun.
Meet them where they are. Even with older kids, it may be a good idea to start at the beginning and work up. Besides building confidence early on, it helps you identify random education and development gaps and takes the guess work out of where to start. In the words of one mom, “It’s a marathon…not a sprint.”
Read a lot. Reading aloud to your children may provide a great, non-threatening bonding activity that also has multiple educational benefits. Choose classics with solid sentence structure and engaging stories. Newbery Winner and Honors books are a great place to start.
Life skills matter. If you find yourself helping your child regulate more than you do actually getting formal schoolwork done, remember that you’re still teaching valuable lessons. As Dr. Bruce Perry says, “It’s easier to teach someone to read at 35 than to share.”
Are you a homeschooling, adoptive parent? What tips can you share?