My Child Hates to Write! 7 Homeschool Writing Tips

My Child Hates to Write! 7 Homeschool Writing Tips

My Child HATES to Write

Help!  My child hates to write!!!

As a homeschool coach, moms are constantly asking me to help them figure out how to help their kids write.  Or at least not hate it.

There is so much pressure out there to get our kids on target and writing sooner rather than later.  Homeschool moms are no exception to this academic pressure.

The problem is when we mommas react from a place of fear when our kids don’t meet academic expectations.   I’m no exception and have fallen into this trap way too many times.

But when it comes to helping our children learn to write, let me encourage you.  It’s all going to be ok.  

Don’t Panic

First, don’t panic.  Second, don’t push your kid out of fear.  It doesn’t work.

Trying to shove our square pegs into round holes does NOT create round pegs.  It creates broken squares.  Stop fighting against your child’s wiring and work with it.

In this post, I’ll share some of the major reasons why children hate writing.  And I’ll offer my best strategies to help your child become a more confident writer.  

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What’s The Ultimate Goal?

Goals for Our Children

Before we get into the writing, let’s ask ourselves the most important question when it comes to our kids.  

What’s our end goal?

Specifically, what is your goal for your unique child?  Who do you want your child to be as an adult? 

I’m convinced that on some level, we all will land along similar lines.  We all long for our kids to develop into confident, healthy and well-functioning adults.   

So if we agree on that point, let’s address this whole writing debacle through that lens.

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The Goal of Writing 

What is the objective of teaching our kids to write?  Really think about the ultimate goal of a writing assignment.

  • Is the end goal of writing handwritten letter symbols on a page?

If the answer is yes, then we are talking about the physical act of handwriting or penmanship.  That is definitely a worthwhile skill.  No doubt.

But I’m pretty sure the objective of a writing assignment is

  • To learn to communicate ideas and thoughts to the world.  

Assuming this is the case, we need to keep that goal in mind if we want our kids to become confident writers.

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Behavior is Information- Why does my child hate to write?

As I’ve mentioned a million times before this (and will likely do so at least another billion), when our kids resist learning, there is a reason. 

And while our culture tends to favor the belief that our kids are just lazy, there is often much more to it.

Friend, our kids hate writing for a reason.   It’s our job to help them find the reason.  Then we can help them fill in the gap so that they can move forward. 

As an example, let’s take a peek at the one writing assignment most Americans kids (and adults) have had to face.

Creative Writing 

Let’s talk about the dreaded creative writing assignment.  

Open your writing journals and write about what you did last summer.

For some kids, this is the kiss of death. 

  • Some kids are not as naturally imaginative and creative.
  • Many children struggle with working memory (the ability to hold information in their head long enough to process it).
  • Tons of children struggle with oral language gaps that make it difficult to process and organize their thoughts.

These kids may stare at that sheet of paper in horror.   

What kills me is that they are often fully capable of writing.  When given the chance, they can totally summarize their latest book, create a story and communicate a powerful message.

If we want our kids to write, we’ve got to make writing as accessible as possible.  For your child who hates to write, this means we have to remove the barriers.

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#1 Give Them A Purpose

First and foremost, I don’t care what anyone has told you about your kid.  Your child is a blessing to this world.

As a Christ follower, I believe wholeheartedly that God has created each of our kids with gifts, passions and purpose.  Every.Single.Child.

We must instill in our kids a vision for themselves that they cannot see yet.  An effective teacher inspires greatness in her students. 

In the case of a child who hates writing, that may look like this. 

You, my friend, have a valuable message that needs to be communicated to the world.   We may not know what that message is right now, but I know God has a plan to use you to change the world.  

The power of intrinsic motivation cannot be forced.  But we mommas can create a spark that may develop into an all-consuming fire for our kids to see themselves as communicators.

We must make writing (communicating) an inherently valuable activity for children who hate to write.  And we can do this by giving them a purpose.  

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#2 Reframe Our Adult Thinking

When our children hate to write, calling them lazy doesn’t solve the problem.

He’s just being lazy.  He can hold a pencil just fine.

When was the last time you struggled with a new skill?  How would it have felt for someone to call you lazy?

Think about it.  How long has your child been printing or writing letters?

A year?  2?  4?  10 years?   Relatively speaking, the physical act of writing is a new skill for kids. 

If a child has eye tracking or fine motor weaknesses (even without a diagnosis), the physical act of writing can be the nail in the writing coffin.

When we are teaching a new skill to anyone who is not internally motivated to learn it, the last thing we want to do is combine multiple skills at once.  Or push them beyond their capacity to achieve success.

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Lifting Weights in the Gym?

When a grown adult decides to get in shape, they often need support through coaches or trainers.  

During their first session, a good trainer doesn’t walk up to an obviously out-of-shape client and tell them to lift the 100-lb barbell. 

The objective of the trainer is to support and push just far enough so that his client sees the possibility of success.   

He does not look around to see what weight everyone else is lifting.  He looks at the client in front of him and determines their ability and needs.  Only then does he choose the appropriate weight for his client.

This is referred to as the zone of proximal development.

The Zone of Proximal Development

When it comes to teaching, we must look at the unique child in front of us.  Then we determine the zone of proximal development for this unique learner. 

How far can we push THIS child based on what we know of THIS child?   If we want THIS child to take the next step in writing, we must shift our thinking and stop looking at all the kids around them.

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Writing as Communication: A Complex Process

Writing by hand is a complex process that requires our brain to:

  • Manufacture thoughts and sentences that make sense, 
  • Search it’s memory bank to retrieve the proper sounds that make up those words and ideas, 
  • Associate the letter sounds to images of letter symbols,  
  • Transpose those letter symbols onto paper by coordinating the tiny muscles in the eyes, hands and fingers

Language development and handwriting are not always automatic in our kids when we begin to insist on writing activities. 

This is why it is essential that we reframe our thinking to look behind the behaviors to see the unique needs of our own children.  

#3 Provide Concrete Baby Steps

Let’s circle back to our summer creative writing assignment.  In order to help our kids move forward, we can offer simple supports. 

As long as the act of handwriting isn’t the main barrier, we can provide them with concrete baby steps. 

Start with one or two specific questions to answer. 

  • Tell me one thing you did this summer that made you smile. 
  • Who were you with when you did this?  
  • If you could enjoy that activity again, would you want to change it in some way?  In what way?

By offering just a few concrete questions, anxiety is reduced because the child doesn’t have to wonder what to write about. 

Accept What They Write

And the next step is KEY.  We must accept what our child offers.  This is critical for our children who hate to write.

Use what they’ve written to ask questions and show genuine interest.  This stimulates dialogue, deeper thinking and promotes crucial language development that will only serve our kids in other academic areas.

Homeschool Narration Supports the Child Who Hates to Write

This is why so many homeschoolers utilize the art of narration.

Narration is not simply a way to make things easier for our “lazy” kids.  It’s a strategy that starts with communication through oral language and conversation.

This helps develop crucial language skills that are foundational to every area of life and academics.

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#4 Scribe For Your Child

If your child is struggling with pencil and paper, move on to this step.

Get your child communicating through oral language first.   Momma Friend, if your kid hates to write, scribe for your child in freedom.  No one is cheating!

Oral communication is the precursor skill to writing and reading.

Listen to your child and write down what they say.  

You are equipping your child with the support he or she needs to grow as a communicator.  

A Note About Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia, a brain-based learning disability, may be the culprit. 

It may not, but with or without a dysgraphia diagnosis, kids often need to work on new writing skills in isolation.   Remove pen and paper if it will help your child become a communicator.

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But What About Penmanship?

Look.  These suggestions do not negate the importance of the physical act of writing.  Our kids need to work on handwriting skills and other fine motor skills for a variety of reasons.  

Using pencil to paper supports the connection of the left and right hemispheres of the brain, increases retention of new information, and is an immediate form of written communication.  

Work on penmanship in isolation for awhile until it becomes more fluent.

If the physical act of writing is a brick wall, remove it.  Find the starting point.  Most often, that will be through oral communication first.

#5 Model The Writing Process One Step at a Time

So if you are scribing for your child, you may want to walk through the process of writing in this way.

You may be able to get your child to sit next to you right away while they share their ideas aloud.  You may not.  If your child needs to move while articulating their thoughts, take notes first while they process aloud their “rough draft.” 

The next day, have them sit next to you while they read their own words aloud.  

Prompt them for more details or any other information they may want to add.  Have them watch as you model proper sentence structure and spelling.

Once this becomes a more fluent skill, have your child choose one sentence to copy on to a sheet of paper as handwriting practice or copywork.  

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#6 Slowly Hand Over the Reigns

When this becomes easier, slowly transition responsibilities over to your child at his or her pace.  

  1. Have your child narrate their story or summary into an Iphone.
  2. Then have your child take on the role of the scribe by writing (or typing) a few sentences. (You pick up where they leave off.)  
  3. Continue with these scaffolding supports and slowly build upon your child’s capacity.

Work this way over a couple of months.  This sets up your student to be calm, confident and motivated.   

Ultimately, the goal is to watch your child slowly take more ownership of communicating through the written word.

And I promise you that this will yield far greater results than trying to force your child to do that which they are not ready to do.

True learning for the longhaul is often served well by “Less is More.”

Tip #7 Remember The Power of You

You have an incredible ability to influence your child.  The words we choose with our kids can make or break their spirits. 

When our kids have the undivided attention of a supportive adult, confidence builds.  Internal motivation to communicate through words grows.  

As the process of articulating and communicating orally becomes automatic, so does the likelihood that our kids will move to the next stage.

I’ve seen this happen with my own daughter, my students and with my homeschool coaching families.

Equip The Child Who Hates to Write

Remember penmanship is not the goal of the writing assignment.  Practice penmanship separately from new concepts and skills.  Your child who hates writing will pick up a pen when intrinsically motivated.  

By God’s grace, we live in a day and age where technology affords us with a ton of alternative ways to communicate our ideas through words.

When the gatekeeper of written communication is the physical act of writing, we doom many kids to fail as writers.  We hold them back from communicating their messages to the world.

Just imagine if Annie Sullivan decided the only way for Helen Keller to communicate had to be through oral language or handwritten words?  

Give your child the keys that will unlock the writing door.  Friend, it’s ok to parent and educate the child that God gave you.

Even when it looks differently from everyone else.

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7 Empowering Tips for Homeschool Beginners

7 Empowering Tips for Homeschool Beginners

7 Homeschool Tips for Beginners

Looking for homeschool tips for beginners?  You’re not alone.

Moms everywhere are contemplating homeschooling for the very first time.   

Sadly, many are hesitant because they mistakenly believe they aren’t qualified to teach their children.  

If this is you, let me reassure you.   As an educator myself, I am confident that you can do this. 

Here are 7 tips to encourage any mom considering homeschooling this fall.

Crazy, Uncertain but Totally Doable Times

No doubt.  We’re living in interesting and somewhat crazy times.

Once quarantine hit, ladies everywhere were strangled by the unrealistic demands of pandemic schooling.  

It’s no wonder why so many moms are freaking out.  

Guess what?  Can I let you in on a little secret?

Pandemic schooling is not even close to homeschooling.  

And this is such good news!

What are you going to do?

So if you’re considering homeschooling, but you’ve been up at night asking yourself,

Can I do this?

Am I crazy?

Deep breaths.   We’re all just people doing our very best with what we know at any given time. 

You can make a decision that is different than your neighbor and that is OK.  There is no right or wrong answer.

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Your Kid is Not Everyone Else’s Kid

As homeschool coach, I support moms so they can provide their kids with a stellar education at home.  We work together to create homeschool plans based on each child’s individual needs.  Homeschooling at it’s finest is not based on a one-size-fits-all approach.  

I’ve done this long enough to know that any mom who has the desire can do this.

What You Need to Know

So what do you need to know as you contemplate the big homeschool decision?   Here are my top tips for the homeschool beginner.  Information, My Friend, is power.  

1. Children thrive when an invested adult offers one-on-one support in a safe environment.

Let’s think about this logically.

Parent support with homework and reading is one of the strongest indicators of student academic success.  

Why? Because one-on-one teaching time is extremely effective and efficient. When a supportive adult is there to offer insight, check for understanding and ultimately to encourage, children thrive.

2. You Don’t Have to Be An Expert

But I am not a teacher.  How can I teach math and science?

Shift your thinking and co-learn alongside your child.  Can you read?  Then you can learn and facilitate learning.

There is an abundance of homeschool curricula out there.  And this is good stuff.  Homeschool curriculum is made with the parent-teacher in mind.  

Don’t start off purchasing homeschool curriculum made made for the traditional school system.  Look for programs that are made for homeschool parent teachers.  (More on choosing the best materials later.)  

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3. Co-Learn & The Power of Conversation

Partner with your child.  Dig in to topics of interest.  Read books.  Engage in discussion and ask questions.   Dialogue is key.

Processing aloud with your child yields incredible fruit.  Conversation activates areas of the brain that are not employed through passive listening (think lecture).

When we stop to ask our kids their thoughts and really listen, we model respect for them as thinkers.  And, more importantly, that we value their ideas.

That increses motivation, child engagement, and ultimately, leads to the highly effective discovery-based learning.

Go on nature walks and explore creation together.  Be intentional about using our ability to “be still and observe.”  The fall is an excellent time to use nature study units in your homeschool.  Check out these easy fall nature studies by Cindy at Our Journey Westward.   

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4. No Wasted Time

There is no way I can do this!  I don’t have time.

Let me remind you that homeschooling is NOT school at home.  Homeschooling is time efficient.  Public schools are a system.  The traditional school day is filled with time-intensive extras that have nothing to do with learning. 

  • Lining up,
  • Roll call, 
  • Moving from one class to the next,
  • Reviewing problems that only meet the needs of a few in the class,
  • Fire drills, etc. 

These are systematic time-suckers that aren’t applicable to homeschooling.  

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5. Learning Is Always Happening in Homeschool

Think about it.  

How much one-on-one teaching time does a child typically receive on a school day?

Maybe 5 minutes if they’re lucky, right?

Just a few minutes of focused one-on-one teaching at home can equal an entire class period.  Circle back to homeschool tip #1.  When an adult is there to catch mistakes or confusion, issues are addressed on-the-spot.  

What takes 6 hours in an institutionalized system can often be accomplished in just a couple of hours at home.  (Of course, this all depends on your child’s capacity, age and needs.)

There are no rules about when and where learning takes place.  In homeschool, everyone is aware of what is being learned.  As such, natural conversations and connections are made even on a Saturday.

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6. Freedom to Choose Makes All The Difference

A major issue with crisis schooling was that moms were told what, when and how to do it.

I’d lose my mind if someone tried to tell me what curricula, timeline, and plan to use with my kids.  Literally, with no insight into:

  • My child’s wiring, strengths & interests,
  • Time capacity,
  • Parent-child dynamics,
  • Needs of siblings,
  • My teaching and learning style, etc…

I could go on and on.  Moms, teachers, and kids were set up for failure.  When homeschooling, you create the plan.

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7. If You Want This, You Can Do This!

If you want this for your child, you can do this.  You don’t need a fancy diploma on your wall to give your child an incredible education as a homeschool beginner.

In fact, those of us with education backgrounds often struggle those first few years trying to replicate school at home.  Don’t fall into the trap.  It’s not worth it.

Always think:  What’s the goal of education?  True Learning.

Read good books, take your kids outdoor and explore with intention, and follow your child’s interests.   You can do this!

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8 Favorite Language Arts Programs According to Veteran Moms

So how to you choose the best homeschool curriculum for your unique child?  Recently, I surveyed veteran homeschool moms and asked them to share their favorite language arts programs.  They were eager to share!   So what homeschool programs did these moms love the most?

The number choice one surprised and intrigued me.  So what was number one?

1. Master Books

Melissa Cochran, M.Ed., is a former principal, reading specialist, and kindergarten teacher.  She homeschools 2 teens with ASD, ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, SPD, and PDD (Persistent Depressive Disorder).

She describes her homeschool as “it’s like alphabet soup around here”!  With so many nuances to how her kids learn, Master Books has been a hit in her home!

Master Books curriculum is open-and-go. The curriculum is written to the student and is easy for new homeschoolers to jump into without feeling overwhelmed.  Bonus! They have materials for Social Studies and Science, too.

To continue to the #2 recommended homeschool language arts curriculum, continue reading here.  

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Effectively Calm a Child During a Meltdown

Effectively Calm a Child During a Meltdown

How to Calm Your Child During a Meltdown

During a meltdown, do you know how to calm your child?

BTW… I am referring to your kid’s meltdown… not yours.  That’s another blog post.

If you have an adopted child, a child with cognitive differences, or if you’re just in a tougher season with your kiddo, the relevance of this question is even more profound.

Raising a higher-needs child can be exhausting.

And the reality is that the way that our child’s cognitive differences show up on any given day can definitely impact the severity of our momma fatigue.  Right?

Then those tantrums and meltdowns are exponentially magnified as we battle our own internal dialogue and unmet expectations.

For the mom in the trenches, finding a way to calm her child during a meltdown can feel impossible.

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My Own Hot Mess

Girl, I know this because I’ve lived it.  

While in the thick of my son’s daily tantrums and meltdowns, I was a hot mess.

And while I would like to say that by using the word hot I’m refering to my physical appearance, let’s just say,

“Yeah, right.”

At that time, I considered the day a win if I was able to get a shower in and brush my teeth.

Please tell me you can relate.

Sadly, that was my reality.  I mean, anyone who knew me in that season heard me repeatedly say,

“I just want to check myself into a mental institution.”

And while I often said this in jest as a way to try to make light of my desperation, deep down I just wanted to get away and hide.

Anywhere.

Just to MAKE.IT.STOP.

All of the parenting strategies I knew to use were absolutely useless.

I felt helpless, overwhelmed, and as if I was going crazy.

I had no idea how to calm my child during his meltdowns and rages.

Let alone calm my own.  Ouch.

Shifting Perspective On Discipline

Before adopting our son, I would never have believed my family would end up where we had in that brutal season.

In my “perfect parenting days,” I would have looked at me and my kid and thought,

‘That mom has zero control over her child.  She needs to get it together.’

At least that is what I would likely have believed deep down inside.

Once my son’s volatile behaviors began to display themselves at 18 months old, our family was completely rocked.

Me in particular?   Shattered.

All that I thought I knew about being a good Christian mom failed.

In fact, each technique and strategy that once worked with my girls was useless and completely ineffective with my son.

Everything I depended on to anchor my identity as a good Christian mom dissipated.

As a result, confusion and anxiety became the driving force of my life.

The Christian Parenting Books

In my earlier parenting years, I read every Christian parenting book I could get my hands on.

If one of my girls dared to have their version of a meltdown, I brought order quickly.

A firm voice or swift consequence and those perceived infractions were done (most of the time).

“Absolutely not.  Not appropriate.”

Those scathing words did the trick.  The girls acquieced and it was over. 

And I was proud of this accomplishment.  Good Christian momma, right?  (Insert sarcasm.)

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Unhealthy Expectations

In hindsight, I can see that my perspective on parenting was pretty skewed from the beginning.

I was determined to parent my children the EXACT OPPOSITE way my parents had raised me.  (Sorry, Mom and Dad.  It took me too long to figure it out.)

In my home, there would be love, stability, consistency and discipline. Dang it!

God clearly had greater plans for our family than to be a behavior modification lab.  And so He delivered our baby boy into our home.

Once mobile, our son screamed and steamrolled his way through our home every second of the day.

Daily behaviors included:

  1. scaling walls,
  2. escaping the house,
  3. hitting,
  4. scratching,
  5. biting and
  6. throwing and smashing glasses, frames, dishes, etc…
  7. Did I mention screaming?
  8. Oh… not sleeping ever?!!

There wasn’t a single discipline strategy that helped calm him during his raging meltdowns.

Not one peaceful way to prevent him from getting into whatever it was he wanted to ingest or play with.

“No, Buddy.  You can’t eat batteries.”

Then it followed.  The sound that prededed that sudden burning sensation travelling across my face.

“WHACK!”

His frustration tolerance was non-existent.  The slightest resistance to his efforts resulted in aggression and rage. 

Most often, it was towards me.

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Suffering Leads to Good Even If It Sucks

We were living in a war zone, navigating grenades at every turn.

Despite being surrounded by a loving Christian community, I felt so alone.

Drowning in shame and isolated,  I soon believed that I was a failure as a parent.

Desperate and broken.

I was devastated for my husband, my two daughters and for my boy.

His hourly meltdowns were too much for me, for the girls, and for him.

He was suffering just as much.  But it didn’t look like it from the outside.

He looked like a “normal” little boy who was being a brat or had a bad momma… at least that was my assessment.

Ultimately, my family lived in what felt like hell for years.  The term emotional anguish doesn’t do it justice.

And here is the thing:  My family wasn’t alone.

There are millions of adoptive, foster and special needs families in our country living this life of chaos, fear and shame.

Trauma.  It’s real and it’s pervasive.

And it needs to be ripped out of the shadows and exposed for what it is in the foster and adoption world.  (Again, another post.)

The Need For True Self-Care

“Parents take way too much credit when their children are doing well. They take way too much credit when their children are doing poorly.”

Rather than checking myself into a mental institution for what promised to be a mini-vacation, I decided to make a different plan.

In order to prevent myself from setting the house on fire because I was about to lose it, I made an appointment for counseling.

Side note:  No one panic… I was never going to set my house on fire.

Hyperbole is a powerful literary technique.  That’s the way I roll.

Making the Call

One winter morning after a few hours of desperately trying to maintain some level of calm in the house, I hit a wall.

I was so overwhelmed…

  • with his screeching.
  • knowing my daughters were struggling in the chaos,
  • and with my own distress

I sent out a mass S.O.S. text to my tribe of girlfriends and asked for a Christian counselor referral.

Within an hour I had an appointment scheduled.  

Seeking help in the form of counseling was a game changer in my story as it is for so many women.

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Hell to Humble

God used that time of absolute hell to humble me.

It broke me in a million tiny pieces.

My prideful butt was so black and blue from the beating that my son’s behavior inflicted upon me.

In true form, God took those million pieces, gathered them up and delivered me into Christian counseling.

The late Dr. Karyn Purvis wrote in her book, The Connected Child,

When an adult is avoiding her own history, entangled in her past, or disorganized about her losses, she can’t accurately assess and respond to a harmed child’s reality. 

Unquestionably, I had a lot of my own emotional garbage to weed through.   Apparently, I needed a major kick in the pants to make that initial call.

Needless to say, my astute counselor and I have done some serious work these past few years.  One of the many nuggets of truth she has offered to me has been this.

We as parents take way too much responsibility for the successes and failures of our children.

It took me awhile to chew and digest this, but it finally clicked.

Inability Saves My Family

My inability to control my son saved my entire family.

Ultimately, could I prevent my 3 year old from running into the street every single time he tried?   Nope.

We couldn’t prevent him from using a broom handle to unhook the chain locks to escape the house.

Try?  Yes.  Guarantee success?  No way.

Force him to sleep and to “obey right away?”   Yeah right.

I had zero control over him then and have zero control now.

In order to effectively parent my son, I had to completely shift my perspective on parenting and discipline.

I had to wake up to the notion that my boy’s cognitive differences made his ability to self-regulate well a very difficult task.

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A Complete Shift Led to Big Changes

Historically, I viewed childhood behaviors as do most in our culture: through the lens of all behavior is willful.

Once I recognized my son’s cognitive needs and differences, I was able to see his need to be taught how to behave in a way that he could process and recieve.

This allowed me to respond to his meltdowns not from a place of offense, but from a place of support.

Instead of freaking out and coming down hard on him, I could meet him where he was with grace.

So many women have believed this lie that says that something is wrong with us if our kid doesn’t behave the way the world wants them to.

We literally become offended by or surprised by our kids’ meltdowns and tantrums (especially when in public).

In the face of “bad” behavior, we become trapped by the urge to stop the behavior.

Ultimately, this is because we feel like a failure if we don’t get our kids in line.

Fear is a Liar

This is not good, Momma.  By parenting from this place of fear, we end up missing the real issue and the cycle often continues.

Dr. Purvis put it in her book, The Connected Child,

Only a secure mother can say, “Tell me what hurts, sweetheart,” and listen attentively and respectfully to the answer…. Only a secure mother can find the heart of the highest-risk child.

Scripture tells us that God seeks after the heart, right?

Dr. Purvis’s words may be hard to process, but I know from experience how true they are.  My own insecurities and fear made navigating my son’s meltdowns exponentially more difficult.

Perspective Shift Game Changer

We have seen HUGE changes in my son’s behavior since my shift in perspective.

From willful disobedience to not yet equipped.

Game changer.  Miraculous changes.

He is not perfect by any means.   No one is.

But we’ve seen huge gains in my son’s ability to calm himself when he feels out of control.

Even in the year since this blog post was first written, my boy has come so far and I am so grateful.

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Inherently Bad

My heart hurts for all of the kids who grow up believing that they are “inherently bad” because they can’t seem to get it together.

Think about how many adults you know that live in the dire wake of growing up believing themselves as a disappointment to the adults around them.

We all know someone.  And the truth is that that someone may just be us.

  • I’m never enough.
  • I’m always a disappointment.
  • What’s wrong with me?

That someone may be in the grocery store right now standing by in horror.  She is watching her child kick and scream because he wants candy.

She may be dripping with sweat and covered in shame as she navigates all the lies that tell her she is not enough.

I’ve been there.  Have you?  Are you there now?

Isn’t it enough already?

It’s ok to parent our kids differently, Sweet Momma.   We can do this together.

Let’s change the narrative for our…

  • higher-needs
  • highly-sensitive
  • neurodiverse
  • trauma-impacted
  • ADHD
  • Autistic
  • sensory sensitive kids.

Friend, I am convinced that all moms need a parenting growth mindset.  For the sake of our kids and our sanity, let’s be willing to at least examine it.

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Raising a Neurodiverse Kid (To Fail)?

Raising a Neurodiverse Kid (To Fail)?

Are You Raising a Neurodiverse Kid to Fail?

Are you one of the millions of moms raising a neurodiverse kid?   

 

How about a child with ADHD, Autism, Sensory Issues or a learning disability?

 

Let me ask you this… Do you believe that our children are all unique?   
No.  Really.  Deep down inside, do you really believe it is ok for our kids to be different?  Why, then, do we as moms struggle so much when our children think and process the world differently?   

I am convinced that it is because we moms have been believing a lie, Friend.  

Lies We Believe When Raising a Neurodiverse Kid

There is this idea that tells us something is wrong with our kids if they don’t fit into the box of the world’s expectations.  And of course, for many of us, that idea then spirals into this one.
“I am a bad mom because my kid doesn’t fall in line.”
It gets worse.  There is another message out there that so many of us moms believe without ever questioning its validity.  You know the one I am talking about.
It rears its ugly head when traditional discipline and education don’t work with our child. 
Something must be wrong with my child.  

Ugh.  I cringe even thinking about this.

christian mom raising adhd kids

When our kids don’t fall in line, many of us default to a line of thinking often perpetuated in our culture.  Something is wrong with my my kids and I need to fix it.

And when we’re raising a neurodiverse kid, this can be extremely dangerous and destructive.

What is neurodiversity?

Let’s back up a bit.

What is neurodiversity?

According to Understood.org, neurodiversity is:

Neurodiversity is a viewpoint that brain differences are normal, rather than deficits.

The idea of neurodiversity can have benefits for kids with learning and thinking differences.

This concept can help reduce stigma around learning and thinking differences.

Here is the deal.  We say we celebrate diversity in our country, but then we shame those who don’t fall in line.  The kids who

  • act differently,
  • say the “wrong” thing,
  • look differently because they wear the wrong clothes,
  • like the “wrong” things…

For the sake of our kids’ futures, this has got to stop.

christian mom raising adhd kids

Take God At His Word

Perhaps, our neurodiverse kids were never meant to “fall in line”?

If you are a Christian mom like me, you may struggle with this.  

Many of us have been told by our church culture that behavior A, B, & C are appropriate.

Then we are told that Behaviors X, Y and Z are inappropriate.

The next message is loud and clear.  It’s our job to control our kids’ behaviors based on these rules.

But what happens when our kids do things differently?  When they don’t respond and fall in line?

We often panic and push harder with the same old parenting strategies that DO NOT work.

Neurodiverse Kids Need Moms To Think Differently

Maybe you are the momma who watches her child break down with anxiety when it’s “homework” time.

Or are you the mom who has been “kicked out” of playgroup because your child doesn’t know how to “behave” appropriately?

Perhaps you are like so many other moms who wake at 2:00 am overwhelmed and gripped with fear.  You know your child is struggling but you don’t know what to do.

Your mind races as to what you can do to lift up and support your child well.

Everything the “experts” tell you only causes angst, pain and broken relationship between you and your child.

Sensory Meltdowns Are Not Bad Behavior

Or you may be the mom who is late to church because your kid had a meltdown in the parking lot because the tag on her new pair of pants is driving her INSANE.

You try desperately to create cohesion in between your kids, but your one child screams bloody murder because his sister won’t stop singing.

Your child is overwhelmed and needs you to stop and love them through it, but all eyes are on you telling you to nip that in the bud.

Shame.  One of the most destructive tools of the enemy.

Thoughts On Parenting Neurodiverse Special Kids

Are you over it?

You may be over listening to those who advise you to continue pushing, disciplining and punishing for “bad behavior.”

  • That you aren’t praying hard enough.
  • You are too lenient.
  • Your child is manipulating you and has to learn sometime.

Have these approaches been successful for you?  What about your child?

I can only imagine it is not going well.

Neurodiverse Kids Need Us to Believe in Them

What would happen if we moms came together and started to think outside-the-box for our uniquely-wired kids?

Imagine a tribe of moms supporting one another through the tough moments.

When our approach to our exhuasted and tantrumming kid is a co-regulating hug rather than the acceptable time-out, we’ve got each others’ backs.

Collectively we can fight against the unhealthy desire to people please.  And when the naysayers call us helicopter parents, we confidently hold our heads high knowing we’re doing the best we can to meet the needs of our own unique kids.

Together, we can embrace our kids’ unique-wiring and allow our kids to be who they are.  Moms sharing a vision of a bright and thriving future for each of our unique children.

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Raising a Neurodiverse Kid: Change the Narrative

Let’s change the narrative for our outside-the-box thinkers.

For our kids with:

  • ADHD 
  • Autism 
  • Sensory Processing Issues
  • Learning Differences
  • Anxiety…

Or for the kids who may not have a diagnosis:

  • The child who says, “I don’t know” all the time…
  • Or the one who can’t stop moving, talking or is impulsive,
  • The kid whose room is always a mess,
  • Here is a BIG one… the child who won’t obey no matter what…

Is the traditional approach working?

It’s time for us moms to come together and change the narrative for our outside-the-box kids.  There is a better way.

I think we can.  In fact, I know we can because we are already doing it.  We would love to have you join us.

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Raising Neurodiverse Kids Through A New Lens

When we shift our thinking, we then will be able to equip our kids with what they need.

We mommas can then give them the support, encouragement and tools they need to use those perceived weaknesses as the strengths that they really are.

No more kids growing up with self-worth that tells them they will never be good enough so why bother.

Every child has been blessed by God with gifts, passions and purpose.

Let’s begin to parent them this way, Mommas.

In community, we can do this parenting thing differently together.   Join us in A Heart For All Students private community. 

We are in this together equipping our uniquely-designed kids to thrive.

P.S Check out my friend Tina’s story

My dear friend, Tina, has been living out this momma growth mindset with her teen daughter.

Tina’s daughter was diagnosed with Selective Mutism, just one of many forms of childhood anxiety, at the age of 12.

Her daughter shares her story navigating the world of not being able to speak outside the safety of her home for years.  She offers 5 tips to support our anxious kids.

Note how she describes her mother’s role in supporting her.  Read more here.  

Be encouraged, Friend.

 

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Best Homeschool Math For Struggling Students

Best Homeschool Math For Struggling Students

Best homeschool math curriculum for struggling students

This is part two of a two part series answering the question,

“How to choose the best homeschool math curriculum for struggling students?”

If you have not read part one, definitely check it out.

In it we discuss the 5 Tips every mom needs to know before purchasing homeschool math curriculum.  Save yourself money, stress and time and read that here.

In today’s post, some veteran homeschool moms share their opinions on the best homeschool math curriculum for struggling students.  For all intents and purposes, we are using the term “struggling students” to describe:

  1. ADHD
  2. Autism
  3. Dyscalculia
  4. Dyslexia
  5. Any other learning difference
  6. Kids who just hate math

If your child tends to struggle with math, regardless of the reason, this post is for you.

Homeschool Math curriculum struggling students

Mastery Vs Spiral Based Homeschool Math

There are two different approaches to math curricula out there: spiral-based and mastery-based.    I discuss these in more detail in Part One.  

  • Mastery-based 
  • Spiral-based 

Here is a brief explanation of the two and important factors to consider when deciding which will be best for your student.

Mastery-based curriculum focuses on one concept at a time.  The goal is for the student to master the concept before moving on to the next math skill.

Spiral-based homeschool math curriculum reviews previously learned material while learning new concepts.  Both mastery and spiral approaches have their pros and cons.  Again, check out this post for more info.  

Mastery-Based Homeschool Math Curricula

1. Learn Math Fast

Beckye Barnes, of Beckye Barnes Consulting, recommends Learn Math Fast.  

We have enjoyed Learn Math Fast. It works for all ages and it starts with the basics.  You only move forward once you master the concepts. It is mastery-based and teachers the concepts without busy work.  An excellent choice for those who need a refresher course.

Beckye points to the importance of solidifying foundational math skills.

They also focus on foundational skills in a real world way. Basic addition and subtraction is taught using pennies. I think fractions is explained using a dollar then four quarters. It also focuses on learning the concept without endless worksheets.

Beckye Barnes, homeschool mom, Autism, PTSD, ADHD, dyslexia & dysgraphia.  She just graduated a student with a 4.868 GPA who is entering college as a freshman with 30 college credits.

Learn Math Fast was a game changer for my daughter with dysgraphia.  LMF breaks the lessons down to make it easier to understand, and they keep it simple.

Colleen Webster, homeschool mom of 4, also loves Learn Math Fast.  Her daugheter has dyscalculia, and has tried several math curriculum options. LMF was the first that explained certain concepts in a way she understands.

My daughter felt like she could follow along better with the shorter explanations they gave. She benefited from the break down of each equation into bite size pieces.

Colleen Webster, homeschool mom of 4, dyslexia and ADHD, dyscalcula and dysgraphia

2. Life of Fred 

Life of Fred is a mastery-based math curriculum that is completely unconventional, but is extremely effective for our right-brained kids.  

The Life of Fred series is a literature-based math curriculum that follows the narrative of the main character, Fred.  Fred is a child genius living life as a 5 year-old child on a college campus.  Told you it was unconventional.  Ha!

Each book focuses on one math concept and, through story, teaches the concepts in a way that is highly engaging and clever.  Like Learn Math Fast and other mastery-based programs, this series is meant to be read in order regardless of your child’s age.  The storyline and concepts build upon one another to provide the student with a solid understanding of math.

This series is an excellent series to supplement your child’s understanding of math or some use it as the basis of their entire math program.

I highly recommend it if you have a child who HATES math but loves story.  This program goes all the way up through college-level math including Calculus

2. Math U See

What math does a math professor use in her homeschool?  Melanie Fulton of, The Math Profs, 

For math we do Math-U-See, but we add a lot of supplemental math with it. When you have two math parents in the house EVERYTHING can become a math problem.

Melanie, received her PhD in math from Virginia Tech University, she explains more about the benefits of Math U See.

MUS works for us.  The lessons aren’t too long–and sometimes we don’t even do a whole lesson in 1 day.  

She also points out the clutter-free layout of the pages which is helpful for kids who struggle with visual discrimination.

The books and worksheets are plain–not tons of pictures or stories to distract.  There is a video included so that my children don’t have to have mom or dad teach it.  And there are manipulatives to see what is going on. 

Melanie Fulton, Math-loving mama who homeschools her 4 children and often employs the aid of chicken, dairy goat, cat, and dog math tutors.  (www.themathprofs.com)    

The Love Just Keeps Pouring Out: Math U See for Struggling Students 

Katherine, homeschool mom of 4 different learners, tells us that despite a whole host of learning differences,

Math U See works for us because it is very sequential.  This is essential for struggling learners.  The program helps with retaining math skills by focusing on one math concept at a time.

We have always used MUS, because my bookends definitely need the mastery-based curriculum.

My middle 2 could probably handle spiral, but they are doing great, so there hasn’t been a need to change.

Katherine Fain, homeschooling for 7 years, Autism, Auditory processing disorder, Dysgraphia and probably more

Homeschool Math Planning

Spiral-based Homeschool Math Curricula

1. The Good and The Beautiful

Melanie loves The Good and the Beautiful for math.

I have loved The Good and the Beautiful Math for my ADHD-kiddo.  Each math lesson is a different activity.  I thought I didn’t like it at first because it’s a spiral approach, but now I LOVE it because it’s a spiral approach! Ha!  

Like me, Melanie understands the importance of shorter lessons to allow her kids push through an entire lesson.  She also raves about the shorter lessons.  

Lessons take 15-20 min max.  We are still learning our basic facts, but we are also learning time and money while playing games. My kids really LOVE it!  

special needs homeschool math

Spiral-Based Homeschool Math For Struggling Learners

2. Teaching Textbooks

We love Teaching Textbooks.  We’ve been homeschooling for about 8 years. One kid who just doesn’t like math, one with special needs, and one who finds math easy. Teaching Textbooks has worked well for all of them.

Krista, 10 years homeschooling, 3 kids, Girl 17, ADHD, Boy, 15 ASD, G 12 Diva

Magda Miller has been homeschooling her two kids for going on 8 years.

I second Teaching Textbooks. I have a very self-motivated, math-minded older child who started TT when he was 5.  It just clicked.  I thought his less math inclined younger sister might not do as well with the system, but I was pleasantly proved wrong. 

Like so many homeschool moms, she points out how nicely Teaching Textbooks supports moms.

Teaching Textbooks does the teaching and the grading.  I am more involved with my younger child’s movement through the program, but it still allows for her to be very independent in her learning and it sticks.  She is learning and retaining.

 Ma Miller, homeschool mom of 2 rockstar kids, suspected ADHD, ASD 

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What Spiral-Based Math Worked in My Own Homeschool?

3. Christian Light

Within my own homeschool, we have used a variety of math materials for our ADHD and math-minded family.  One of our favorite spiral-based math curricula is Christian Light Math.   I like Christian Light for several reasons.  

1. Christian Light is broken up into ten worktexts for each grade level.  

This, in and of itself, is highly motivating to our kids who like to check things off their lists.  Every finished worktext feels like an accomplishment. 

2. It thorough and on the advanced side.  This is great for your math-minded kids.  

3. The program is student-led.   All of Christian Light materials are designed to be student-led.  As such are visually appealing and broken up into smaller chunks.  Each workbook is easy to follow without being overwhelming. 

4. The price!  Christian Light materials are very affordable.  

Pivoting Between Mastery & Spiral When Needed

Despite loving this math curriculum, eventually we hit a wall with it.  We moved away from Christian Light as math concepts increased in complexity.  

As we neared Algebra, my oldest needed to focus on one concept at a time in order to best process, retain and develop mastery.  We shifted to a mastery, topic based curriculum, Developmental Math, in order to solidify very specific math concepts to prep her for Algebra.  Being willing to temporarily pivot when we hit that wall, made all the difference in the world for her as she entered Algebra.

Another Homeschool Math Resource I Love

When the traditional approach doesn’t work, whether it be for an entire subject or a particular math concept, I am always open to pivot.  

Having a number of homeschool math tools in your tool box is always a good idea.  I’ve found this math program to be super helpful.

Math Minutes

Math Minutes is a simple math workbook designed to hit the most important math concepts.  The workbook series is very concise and is extremely manageable for our kids who dislike math.  There are only 10 math problems each day which is a huge plus for kids with ADHD.  However, the math problems are intentionally chosen to support foundational math skills.

Each workbook is focused on a general grade level.  I believe these were originally created as a supplement for traditional grade-level math.  However, when used as math spine, this can be an excellent tool.  A math spine refers to a framework of sorts to guide your teaching.

Please note that there is no teaching in this workbook.  However, this is a great tool that can help you easily assess where your child may need additional support.

When my daughter used Math Minutes, any problems she struggled with were the concepts that we could go over together.  This preserved her limited capacity for math to be used on the concepts that she needed to focus on.

Math Minutes is a great tool to support math in a non-threatening way.  Don’t buy into the hype that your child has to do endless amounts of math problems in order to learn.  This is simply not the case.  When teaching the struggling student, work with the grain and think “less is more.”

Homeschool Math Curriculum For Your Struggling Student

Ultimately, what homeschool math curriculum is best for your child will be based on a number of factors.  Understanding who your child is, how your child is wired and your own capacity, will guide you to make the best decision. 

As you make curriculum buying decisions, grab a copy of the homeschool 101 planning guide that I’ve created for you.  It includes prompts to help you identify the most important information that’ll help you choose the best math curriculum.  The best choice for your uniquely-wired student in this specific season. 

Ready For Homeschool Language Arts?

If you are looking for help choosing the right homeschool language arts curriculum, you’re in luck.

Before ever looking at curriculum options with my homeschool clients, I walk them through a series of questions.  I’m always looking to identify their child’s wiring and learning style in order to best support learning.  Continue reading to find out the best language arts curriculum for your child.

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How to Choose the Best Homeschool Math Curriculum

How to Choose the Best Homeschool Math Curriculum

5 Tips To Choose The Best Homeschool Math Curriculum

This is part 1 of a two part series focused on how to choose the best homeschool math curriculum for struggling students.  

Isn’t that the million dollar question, right?  

As homeschool moms begin to plan for the new school year, we want to do the “right and best” thing for our kids.   Many families choose to homeschool when the traditional system fails their child.  Honestly, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this happens.  

Our educational system is designed to serve the masses.  By virtue of being a system, it can’t provide an optimal learning environment for every child.  This only makes sense.

1. Learning Styles & Wiring Should Drive Educational Planning

Here is the reality. Diversity of learning styles, learning differences, and specific life circumstances impact the learning experience of each child.

Kids with ADHD, Autism, dyslexia and other outside-the-box learning styles are often served very well when homeschooled.    Ultimately, homeschooling allows the parent-teacher to choose the best teaching materials based upon their child’s unique needs.

Homeschool ADHD Cheat Sheet

Best Homeschool Curriculum For Your Student

So when a new homeschool mom asks the ultimate question about the best homeschool curriculum, there really is no one right answer.   In fact, when I hear people asking this question, alarm bells begin to sound in my mind.

“Stop!  Do not pass go!  Do not collect $200!  Go directly to jail!”

Crazy response, right?  Do I sound dramatic?  It’s ok.  I own it.   However, there really is a reason behind my madness.

2. Always Prioritize Learning Outcomes

When it comes down to it, I am passionate about learning outcomes for kids.  

My heart aches for every to child grow up confident in their ability to learn.  There is not one mom out there who does not desire that her child be a lifelong learner.

In the long term, we want all of our kids to think deeply and know how seek truth throughout their lives.  

With this in mind, it is crucial for parents to understand that every child is truly unique.  Every person learns best when equipped based on his or her own unique wiring.

So what does this mean for the new homeschooling mom?  How does she make the right choices for her child?

3. Reframing the Question Helps

When referring to math in particular, we need to reframe the question from,

What is the best homeschool math curriculum?”  to

What is the best homeschool curriculum for my child at this time?”

There is never going to be one right answer to this question. 

Our children all have different needs and those needs are going to ebb and flow as time and circumstances change.

The point being… give yourself grace. Take the pressure off when choosing learning materials for your student.  

We all just need to do our best with the information we have at any one time.  

4. Run Through These Questions Before Buying Curriculm 

Ultimately, when deciding what the best homeschool math curriculum will be for our specific child, we want to ask the following:

  • How does my child learn best?  
  • What educational materials will best support my child in learning effectively, efficiently and with intrigue?
  • Does my child have any educational gaps?
  • What are my educational goals for this student?
  • Areas of interest?

Grab the FREE Homeschool 101 Planning Guide to help you walk through this process for each of your children.  

Once you have the answers to these questions, you will be best equipped with what you need to make a solid decision for your child or children.  

Let’s dig a little more deeply into the homeschool math materials out there.  

how to choose homeschool math curriculum

5. Spiral vs. Mastery Homeschool Math Curriculum

There are two different approaches to math curricula out there: Spiral-based and Mastery-based.   Here is a brief explanation of the two and some factors to consider when deciding which approach will be best.

Mastery-Based Homeschool Math

Mastery based homeschool math curriculum focuses on just that.  Mastering concepts.   These homeschool math resources focus on one topic at a time.  Ultimately, the goal of this approach is that the child will master each concept before moving on to the next.  

The ADHD Brain and Mastery-Based Homeschool Math

For our kids who struggle with shifting attention once “in the zone,” this approach can be very effective.  Think of your child who has the gift of hyperfocus

You know the one…

The child who can become easily frustrated when asked to stop playing with his Legos.  

Or the little girl who “never listens” when told it’s time to stop playing with her Beanie Boos because it is time to go.

Ironically, despite the name that indicates lack of focus, those with ADHD often can zero-in on an activity of high interest to the exclusion of the world around them.  

homeschool special needs math curriculum

ADHD Super Powers

Kathleen Nadeau, PhD, in an ADDitude magazine article, says,

“Many scientists, writers, and artists with ADHD have had very successful careers, in large part because of their ability to focus on what they’re doing for hours on end.”

For our kids who struggle to learn new math concepts, a mastery-based homeschool math curriculum may serve them well.

Using multi-digit multiplication as an example.  

Once a student finally “gets it,” the last thing that student wants to do (or even can do) is suddenly shift to calculating fractions.  

These kids tend to do well focusing their energy on one concept until they have it backwards and forwards.   

Specifically, these kids often need lots of targeted practice over an extended time period in order to develop automaticity.    

This is just a fancy way of saying that a student finally gets the concept without struggling.  

Homeschool Math Curriculum Struggling StudentsPlanning

Spiral-Based Math

Spiral-based curricula offer more variety in that they tend to introduce a new topic each week.  

The first lesson of the week often includes multiple problems associated with the new topic.   However, the rest of the lesson will circle back to and spiral through older topics as review.  

If you have a child who tends to be more math-minded or who needs more variety to stay engaged, a spiral approach is a great choice. 

That ADHD Brain & Spiral 

Interestingly, neither Mastery-based nor Spiral-based homeschool math is better than the other.  What works best will be completely dependent upon your unique child.

Referring back to that same ADHD brain, that same child may need more mental stimulation and variety of math problems in order to stay engaged.  This may make a spiral approach the better choice as was the case in our homeschool with my oldest daughter.  She tends to be more math-minded and has the gift of an ADHD brain.  

In the beginning of our homeschool journey,  I heard that the mastery-based approach was the “best way to teach homeschool math.”  Understandably, I wanted the best for my daughter and so I chose “the best homeschool math curriculum.”

Whah… whah… total fail.

My girl’s ADHD, math-minded brain needed more variety in order to keep her engaged.  By pivoting to a spiral-based math program, she thrived.  Ultimately, what approach works best will depend on the unique-wiring of your student.

How to Choose Homeschool Math Curriculum

Again, whether your child does well with one or the other will be based on a number of variables.  These factors include frustration tolerance, aptitude for math, need for variety, etc.  Like everything else, it all depends on the learner. 

I’ve created a Homeschool 101 Planning Guide to help you tease through the important questions to get a better picture of your child’s needs.  Grab a copy, take a deep breath and know that it’ll never be perfect.  Do the best you can and as you learn, be willing to look outside-the-box.  

Homeschooling is a lifestyle of learning and growing for your children and just as importantly, you.

Homeschool ADHD Cheat Sheet

Best Homeschool Math Curriculum For Struggling Learners

To help you make an informed choice about the best homeschool math curriculum options for your student, I asked the experts.  Yep, some of the veteran homeschool moms from AHFAS private community.   Each has their own story which makes them a valuable resource for us all.  

They share what has worked, what hasn’t worked and why.  Praying they can save you some homeschool heartache. Check it out here. 

And comment below with what math curriculum has worked in your homeschool.   Always excited to hear from you!

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