› Homeschooling ADHD
and ADD Children
and ADD Children
Families are homeschooling ADHD and ADD children in increasing
numbers. This growing trend shines light on the benefits of the
homeshool environment for children with attention deficient disorders.
Home School vs. Public School Education
Many parents become frustrated trying to make public school work for
their ADD/ADHD child. If you have gone through the motions of public
school before and/or after your child was diagnosed, you probably know
all about the complications. Teachers are not always patient and
understanding, and keeping up with the pace of classroom learning can be
more frustrating than educational for your child. This has brought many
parents to the conclusion that homeschooling an ADD/ADHD child is much
less hassle and far more beneficial to the child.
Benefits of Homeschooling ADHD and ADD Kids:
When you think about the key differences between homeschooling and the
public school environment, you see the key benefits to keeping an
ADD/ADHD child at home for schooling:
- Public school teachers are torn between grading/planning/organizing
duties and up to twenty-five students at once. Home school teachers
(that’s you!) are only torn between the administrative tasks and their
own children. This benefits the ADD/ADHD child because they get more
personal attention and immediate help with problems.
- Public school teachers do not get to know children on a
personal level and often do not understand the struggles that a child
with ADD/ADHD is going through. This makes it incredibly difficult for a
public school teacher to respond appropriately and effectively to
children with different needs. The home school environment is lead to by
someone who knows the child intimately, so you can implement small
changes that help the child learn.
- Public school teachers have predetermined assignments
and curriculum that every child must learn without variation. Home
school teachers can develop their own curriculum and assignments, based
specifically on the needs and interests of the child. This makes
learning more fun and rewarding for the child, and they actually
remember more of what they learn for the long term.
- Public school teachers move through lessons at a pace
suitable to the overall class. Home school teachers move through
lessons at a pace suitable to the individual child. The ADD/ADHD child
is often gifted in some subjects they find easy, while struggling with
other subjects. They are typically behind and ahead at the same time in
the public school setting. When homeschooling takes over, parents can
adjust curriculum so the child learns at their own level for each
subject. They are neither behind or ahead, and there is no stress to
learn faster to catch up to other children.
- Public schools are starting to cut back on arts and
sports. Homeschooling parents have the freedom to teach their children
music, art, creative writing, and other arts, and they have many ways to
keep children active in sports.
Common Parent Concerns and Questions:
These are some of the big advantages to homeschooling a child with
ADD/ADHD, but there are some lingering questions that many parents have
about removing their child from public school and starting the home
Following is a quick list of the biggest concerns and tips for overcoming the problem:
- What if I am unable to teach my child everything they need to learn? Will I fail them out of school? If you check with your state to learn the legal requirements for
homeschooling, and compare with lists of learning objectives by grade
level, you will know exactly what your child is supposed to be learning.
The beauty of homeschooling your child is that you can put them at
different grade levels in different subjects, allowing them to move at
their own pace.
You can test them just like they would be tested in school, and
you can talk to them to determine how much knowledge they are really
picking up. If you are consistent with the curriculum and personalize
the approach to your child, they will learn! In fact, they are more
likely to learn with you than they would without that personal attention
in public school.
- What if I do not have time to home school properly?
Many homeschooling parents work full time and hold down other
obligations while teaching multiple children at home. You will have very
flexible hours as a home school teacher, and it will be much easier to
blend those duties into your other obligations once you cut out the
strict schedule of the public school.
Use online learning programs, as they allow children to do a lot
of work on their own. This is a great supplement for days you cannot
Homeschool Curriculum Options for Students with Attention Disorder:
Some curriculum options work better than others when homeschooling ADHD
or ADD diagnosed children. Due to the distinctly different environment
of your home vs. a busy and distracting classroom, most students do well
with almost any top curriculum options.
Computerized curriculum often is especially effective in
holding their attention and engaging students who learn to love school
It is ultimately up to the parent to decide whether an ADD/ADHD
child will do better in the public school system or at home. Many
children with these struggles do tend to do better when the curriculum
and the environmental factors are structured to better meet their
› Homeschooling ADHD
and ADD Children