ADHD, homeschooling

So, You Want to Homeschool Your ADHD Child

First,  relax. I know it’s very overwhelming,  but you can do this!

One step at a time.

The first thing you need to know is that there are multiple educational styles or approaches.

It looks like a traditional approach (what the public schools use) is not working for your child (or you’d probably leave them in school).

Don’t worry!

Even though the traditional approach to schooling what the public schools and many people consider “normal,” it’s not the only education method.

And it’s certainly not the most effective method for most children to learn.

It works well for a huge group of kids which is why the public schools use it.

But you don’t have 40 students, right?  

So you can easily use a different, more effective method of education which should make learning easier for your child.

If you put him or her into an online public school or other “normal” program it will more than likely adhere to the traditional approach and your child will continue to struggle.

I recommend that before you look into online schools or specific curriculum, you look at different educational methods such as delight-led learning, life-schooling, and unschooling.

There are tons of educational styles.

Homeschooling is a completely different creature from public school.

And you might have to unlearn some things you thought you knew in order to make this work,.

But I believe in you!

You can do this because you love your child more and are far more invested in her future than a teacher overseeing 20 or 30 or even 40 kids.

I recommend finding an online support group or a local support group. If you have a child with ADHD, I recommend my Facebook group called “Homeschooling the ADHD Child.”

These links may interest you:

This talks about different educational and teaching styles.

How to Determine Your Homeschool Style

This talks about learning styles

How to Determine Your Child’s Learning Style

This addresses the fear of every homeschool parent of what about if they’re behind. Make sure to follow the link to the second post about answers to questions about being behind.

There’s No Behind in Homeschool

This has some important points which I wish I had understood when I started homeschooling.

11 Things Homeschool Moms Need to Know

This post is about the importance of taking a break from book learning when you pull a kid out of school so that the child can recover from the damage left by the brick-and-mortar school. They need to relearn that learning can be fun and doesn’t have to be scary and overwhelming.

The Importance of Deschooling

Why non-traditional education methods work well for those with ADHD

ADDitude Magazine Endorses Homeschooling when Public School Isn’t Working 

I also recommend reading your state laws.

Homeschool Laws in Your State

Feel free to ask questions and I will help as best as I can either here in the comments on via private message on my Facebook page for Grace Under Pressure.


Sarah Forbes


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