Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Getting Started: Homeschooling links

When homeschooling, as a novice, finding some general guidelines is a good place to start. As a mom of a boy with autism, I found this link to be helpful, and reassuring. The number one tip mentioned was not to do school at home. The author writes, "One of the main reasons families new to homeschooling struggle is that they try to duplicate the same structure, hours, course of study, curriculum and environment found in public schools. This is especially true if the youngster previously attended public schools and has been in special education."

I found the aforementioned post on a list at Ann Ziese's, site, A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling. Ziese's site has tons of helpful links for parents with children of all abilities, including a few links with free lesson plans. Here is an article she wrote titled "Just for the summer."

Last but not least, here is a link to a free guidebook, Welcome to Homeschool, a Guide for Families. I found the book to be filled with much of the same good advice (such as get to know your child, and know your regional laws) that I obtained while taking a course on homeschooling at a local community college.

Author's Note: This is the last of my posts on this topic (well at least for awhile anyway). I wish all those families out there who are homeschooling the best! Have fun! :)


bed wetting alarm said...

you have raised an important issue that children suffering from autism should not be treated in their special schools like the one in public schools because they are not like normal children so they should be treated in a special way and their parents should be aware of this fact.thanks for this informative post but i personally think you should write more on this topic.

Julie L. said...

BWA: Thank you for your comment. I might be coming back to the topic of homeschooling in the future, but am wanting to explore other topics at this time. In terms of treatment in education, I mostly feel that the needs or concerns of the child with ASD should be understood and addressed. In some cases, children on the spectrum can succeed in inclusive (mainstreaming) environments, though it is imperative that the staff be well trained on the subject of ASD and well versed on the individual child's needs. Special schools can be good too, as can homeschooling. It just depends what situation fits the individual and their family the best.

Rethink Kent said...


I just found your series on homeschooling and I wanted to say that I really enjoyed following your path to becoming your child's most important teacher, and hearing about how supportive the state and school district is to your decision. I'm also very happy to hear that homeschooling is such a good fit for your family and has lowered stress levels for both you and your child!

If you ever need additional resources, stop by our facebook /rethinkautism and say hello! We believe in supporting progress in the autism community.